Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Beverly Brittany Ballew's One Thing"

There once was a girl,
What I tell you is true,
Her name was Beverly Brittany Ballew.
She lived on the sixth floor
In the town of Corfu.
Our dear little Beverly Brittany Ballew
At the age of eight,
You would think all would be great
For Beverly Brittany Ballew.

But there is a sad face,
If you wonder, just in case,
I will tell you why she is so blue.

Little Beverly Brittany Ballew if you please,
Had travelled to Belize,
Seen a camel on its knees,
Even swung through the air on a flying trapeze.
She had spoken Chinese with ease.
This is no tease.
She had even invented a medicine for anti-fleas!
But there was one thing that she simply could not do,
Our kind little Beverly Brittany Ballew.
As much as she had tried, as much as she had said please,
She simply could not sneeze!

She had seen other kids at school everyday,
Heard others say “bless you” passing on their way.
Everyone could do it, and we have not a clue
Why poor little Beverly Brittany Ballew,
Was a little bit different, she was seen as quite strange.
For all of her accomplishments they did not range
To cover the very normal thing that would appease-
A simple, common, little sneeze.
She wanted people to bless her too.
Our sweet little Beverly Brittany Ballew
She had gone to the doctor and gone to the nurse,
But that only seemed to make things worse.
She had talked with her friends, and, her mom and her dad,
But she would walk away and still feel sad.
She had tried medicine, and foods, and sniffing silly plants;

Then one night she was speaking to her aunt
Who happened to say to our little friend,
“Oh dear Beverly Brittany Ballew,
There is something that I would like to say to you.
You are trying to sneeze on this fact I depend.
But I would like you to know that this is not the end.
You are different it is true,
But instead of seeing what you cannot do,
Let us look at all of the great gifts given to you.

You have gone around the world a time or two.
You have seen unparalleled sights like only a few.
You can sing like an angel,
Speak Chinese till you turn blue,
This is all quite wonderful Beverly Brittany Ballew.
You are kind and good and do what you should.
You even know how to work under the car hood.
So if you please, remember the trapeze,
And how you flew through the air with the greatest of ease

Still little Beverly Brittany Ballew exclaimed,
“If you please, I do not care about the trapeze,
All I want is to be like others and sneeze!”

Her aunt quickly replied,
 “Oh I see your point, I understand why,
It is so hard not to be like the other guy.
It’s normal, it’s regular and everyone knows,
A good sneeze feels great right down to your toes.
It is okay to be different and it is terrific to have gifts,
I certainly hope that this talk has given you a lift.

But please, just listen to me,
Sometimes sneezing is not all it is cracked up to be.
Just ask our friend Contessa Marie.
She happens to sneeze 1400 times in a day,
Now that is not something that I would want. NO WAY!

She cannot eat her food or go to a movie!
I tell you, no one would think that this is groovy.
Think of the hankies, think of the tissue,
And this turns into quite a big issue!
She sneezes and sneezes and cannot stop.
Sometimes she feels that her head will pop!
But somehow she is joyful somehow she is bright,
Somehow she knows that it will be all right.

She does what she can and she enjoys her life.
Contessa Marie does not live in strife.”

At this, little Beverly Brittany Ballew,
Began to cry from her eyes so blue.
She said, “I am so sorry that I have been ungrateful,
And sometimes, I have been downright hateful.
I have not been thankful for all that I get to do,”
Exclaimed grateful Beverly Brittany Ballew

“There is so much that I can give!
And so much life that I CAN live!
I would sure like to go see Contessa Marie
And bring her a big box of tissue for free.”
So off she went with a grateful heart,
Our friend had learned to do her part.

As she skips down the street and goes by a cart,
A whiff of white pepper gives her a start.
A tickle, a giggle and to her surprise,
She closes her eyes…
Pulls out a tissue…
And would you believe it

Sometimes, there may be things that we think that everyone else in the whole world can do, but it seems that it is impossible for us to do.  What do we do in that kind of situation? 
Are we sad, afraid, or lonely? 
Do we forget all of the wonderful things that we are able to do in life or that we have experienced?

Beverly Brittany Ballew needed to hear of someone else’s story before she had a grateful heart, and once she did have a grateful heart, she wanted to do something for someone else.
What does it mean to have a grateful heart?
How can you show to someone else today (and everyday) that you have a grateful heart?
What are some gifts that God has given to us?

What can I give to another person?

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