"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. "
~John Lennon

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Who Is The Susie In Your Life?

My dear friend and foster sister forwarded this to me:

Come with me to a third grade classroom. There is a nine year old kid sitting at his desk and all of sudden there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It's never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out , he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they'll never speak to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop. He puts his head down and prays "This is an emergency; I need help now! Five minutes from now I am dead meat."

He looks up and the teacher is coming toward him with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.
As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy's lap. The boy pretends to be angry.

Now instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. As life would have it, the ridicule that would have been his has been transferred to someone else; Susie.

She tries to help mop up, but they tell her to get away. "You've done enough, you klutz."

At the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers "You did that on purpose, didn't you?"
Susie whispers back "I wet my pants once too."

We all have opportunities to help mop up if we look for it and respond to other peoples needs. We each take turns going through tough times. I wet my pants too, at least I have done things as embarrassing. How about you?


Ms. A said...

Yep. There have been plenty of times I could have used a Susie.

Maggie May said...

Aw........... that was lovely. Mind you, I hope they saved the fish!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Where can I find a Susie? I want one too.

I don't have a Susie all my life. That what made me hard outside.

Like we discussed before; Good people are so hard to find.

R. J. said...

Cool story. Children are so sensitive. That is such a beautiful story. It would be great if we were all a "Susie" for others.

blueviolet said...

That was such a sweet thing to do. The world needs more Susie's!

DJan said...

That is such a cool story. The helpfulness of Susie to another person's soon-to-be-discovered shame, it makes me wonder what happened to HER when she wet her pants. I hope she had a Susie of her own.

That never happened to me as a kid, but now it happens when I'm old and sneeze. I'm careful not to wait too long between bathroom visits. :-)

CiCi said...

Ms.A, We all need to remember what it feels like to be made fun of and to be uncomfortable about a situation. Why is it so difficult for some people to think about others?

Maggie, I thought of the fish too. See, we not only care about the humans we encounter, we care about all creatures. Well, maybe not so much the spiders, sorry spiders.

Shadowthorne, I have watched you soften and become more open over the past couple years. Maybe you will be someone's Susie some day and then you will have different Susies in your life.

R.J., This simple story moved me greatly. Glad it did you too.

blueviolet, I agree. That is why I want to be a Susie to others and that is one way the world will have more Susies.

DJan, yes, for someone to have the heart to care about someone elses discomfort is usually just us remembering own shameful times.

Rock Chef said...

I am married to my Susie.

terri said...

Lucky Rock Chef!

I have met several Susies in my lifetime and I try to be one whenever the chance presents itself. There are good people in this world. We just have to believe it and see them.

Anne H said...


bill lisleman said...

great story
Strange that you picked that subject. I was just telling my grandkids a story of how I wet myself in front of my childhood buddies. It's probably much more common than we believe.

CiCi said...

Rock Chef, this made me cry, tears of happiness for you and tears of sadness for me.

terri, being a Susie to others is a good goal for all of us.

Anne, it is a great story, isn't it.

bill, goes to show it is true that great minds think alike.

Suldog said...

Hey! Here you are! Thanks for commenting over at my place, thus allowing me to find you again!

(No doubt you had told me where you were before this, but my leaky brainpan dripped that info out onto the highway of life somewhere.)

Brian Miller said...

she has a beautiful heart...even when it costs her...in that i think we have much to learn ....nice story cici

LL Cool Joe said...

My eldest daughter is like Susie. I'm not sure where she got that from, because it wasn't me!

rosaria said...

Cici, this is most precious!

"Abby" said...

Great story - and inspiring!

Izzy said...

Geez, this made me cry... We need more Susie's in this world...