A Brick

A successful businessman was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. All of a sudden, THUD, a brick smashed into the door of his expensive car. He slammed on the brakes, put the car in park, and swung open the door, bounding out of the car, desperate to catch the culprit.


He spotted a young boy, and thinking him to be the one who threw the brick, ran up to him, grabbed the boy around the arm, pushed him up against the rear bumper of a parked car, and shouted, “Just what do you think you are doing? That’s a brand-new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?”


“Please, mister, please,” the young boy pleaded. “I’m sorry, but I didn’t know what else to do. I threw the brick because no one else would stop.” Tears were dripping down the boy’s cheeks as he pointed around the parked car to another young boy laying on the ground. A toppled over wheelchair was on the ground next to him.


“It’s my brother,” the first boy explained. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair, and I can’t lift him up.” Sobbing, the boy asked the businessman, “Would you please help me get my brother back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt, and he’s too heavy for me to move.”


Quite surprised, and moved beyond words, the businessman tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He walked over and lifted the brother off the ground and into his wheelchair. Taking out his handkerchief, he wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be okay.


“Thank you, thank you,” both young boys said. The businessman then watched as the protective young boy pushed his brother down the sidewalk and toward their home.


It was a long walk back to the Jaguar for the businessman. A long, slow walk. He never did repair the side door of his car. He kept the dent to remind him to not go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick to get his attention.


Does it take a brick to get your attention, or are your eyes and ears opened to people in need?