Die goedheid van mense

13 11 2010

Niemand is deur en deur sleg nie.  Terselfde tyd is almal nie deur en deur goed nie.  Daar is ‘n bietjie goed en kwaad in almal van ons – hoewel, so tussen ons, wonder ek soms oor die wysheid daarvan.

Dit is egter nie nou belangrik nie.  Olga het my laat dink aan die storie van Teddybear, een van die mooiste voorbeelde van die goedheid van mense.  Dit was op een van die kassette in die kar gewees, dus het ons jare lank dit gereeld gehoor.

Daar was eendag die kreupel seuntjie wat juis veel gehad het om hom geselsskap te hou nie.  Sy pa was ‘n vragmotorbestuurder wat die vorige maand in ‘n ongeluk dood is.  Die ma moes noodgedwonge gaan werk en die seun was aan sy eie genade oorgelaat.  Streng teen sy ma se bevele het hy vir hom ‘n maatjie vir ‘n praatjie gaan soek.

So kom hy toe by ‘n trokker uit wat saam wou speel.  Die seun, Teddybear, vertel hom sy lewensverhaal en dit laat die bestuurder aan sy eie seun dink.  Teddybear wens hardop om weer met ‘n vragmotor te kan ry en moet dan groet omdat sy ma enige oomblik by die huis sal wees en hy mag nie op die radio wees nie.  Voordat hy egter gaan, kry die vragmotorbestuurder sy adres.

Natuurlik het die man sy vragmotor net daar omgedraai om ‘n kinderhart te gaan verbly.  Hy het egter die skok van sy lewe gekry toe hy naby Teddiebear se huis kom.  Elke luistervink in ‘n lorrie het dieselfde idee gehad en hulle het tou gestaan om die gestremde seuntjie om die blok met hulle vragmotors te neem.  Die seun was natuurlik in die 7de hemel gewees.  Al die bestuurders het onder mekaar geld ingesamel voordat hulle weer in die pad geval het om hulle vragte by hulle bestemming te kry.

Mamma Teddiebear het natuurlik ook kom dankie sê aan al die mans wat haar seun se droom kom waar maak het.  En dit alles het eintlik net ‘n klein bietjie moeite en onophoud gekos.

Hier is die video en die woorde vir die wat hulle self wil vergewis.

Teddy Bear

I was on the outskirts of a little southern town Trying to reach my destination before the sun went down The old CB was blarin’ away on Channel 1-9
When there came a little boy’s voice on the radio line And he said breaker 1-9 is anyone there Come on back truckers and talk to Teddy Bear I keyed the mike and I said you got it Teddy Bear And the little boy’s voice came back on the air
Appreciate the breaker who we got on that end I told him my handle and then he began Though I’m not supposed to bother you fellows out there Mom says you’re busy and for me to stay off the air But you see I get lonely and it helps to talk
Cause that’s about all I can do I’m crippled and I can’t walk I came back and told him to fire up that mike And I’d talk to him as long as he’d liked
This was my dad’s radio the little boy said But I guess it’s mine and mom’s now cause my daddy’s dead Dad had a wreck about a month ago He was tryin’ to get home in a blinding snow Mom has to work now to make ends meet
And I’m not much help with my two crippled feet She says not to worry that we’ll make it alright But I hear her cryin’ sometimes late at night
You know there’s one thing I want more than anything else to see Oh I know you guys are too busy to bother with me But you see my dad used to take me for rides when he was home But I guess that’s all over now since my daddy’s gone
Not one breaker came on the old CB as that little crippled boy talked with me I tried hard to swallow a lump just wouldn’t stay down As I thought about my boy back in Greenville town Dad was gonna take mom and me with him later on this year Why I remember him sayin’ someday This old truck will be yours Teddy Bear But I know now I’ll never get a ride on 18-wheeler again But this old base’ll keep me in touch with all my trucker friends Teddy Bear’s gonna back on out now and leave you alone Cause it’s about time for mom to come home But you give me shout when you’re passin’ through And I’ll surely be happy to come back to you
Well I came back and I said before you go 10-10 What’s your home 20 little CB friend He gave me his address and I didn’t once hesitate Cause this hot load of freight would just have to wait I turned that truck around on a dime
And headed straight for Jackson Street 229 And as I rounded the corner oh I got one the heck of a shock 18-wheeler were lined up for three city blocks
I guess every driver for miles around had caught Teddy Bear’s call And that little crippled boy was havin’ a ball For as fast as one driver would carry him in
Another would carry him to his truck and take off again Well you better believe I took my turn rifin’ Teddy Bear And then carried him back in and put him down in his chair And buddy if I never live to see happiness again
I want you to know I saw it that day in the face of that little man
We took up a collection for him before his mama got home
And each driver said goodbye and then they were all gone
He shook my hand with a mile long grin and said so long trucker I’ll catch you again
Ah I hit that Interstate with tears in my eyes
I turned on the radio and I got another surprice
Breaker 1-9 came the voice on the air
Just one word of thanks from mama Teddy Bear
We wish each and everyone a special prayer for you
Cause you just made my little boy’s dream come true
I’ll sign off now before I start to cry may God ride with you 10-4 and goodbye