A Brother Like That

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
May 10, 2002

Paul received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it.

“Is this your car, Mister?” he asked.

Paul nodded. “My brother gave it to me for Christmas.” The boy was astounded. “You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn’t cost you nothing? Boy, I wish…” He hesitated. Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.

“I wish,” the boy went on, “that I could be a brother like that.”

Paul looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively he added, “Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?”

“Oh yes, I’d love that.”

After a short ride, the boy turned and with his eyes aglow, said, “Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?” Paul smiled a little. He thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home in a big automobile. But Paul was wrong again.

“Will you stop where those two steps are?” the boy asked. He ran up the steps. Then in a little while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car. “There she is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn’t cost him a cent. And some day I’m gonna give you one just like it…then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I’ve been trying to tell you about.”

Paul got out and lifted the lad to the front seat of his car. The shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.
Author Unknown – Please comment if you know the author so Credit can be given

  1. asd539 said:

    Awesome story and kind of tear jerking. The truth of the matter is we don’t have to wish to be that way, we can be that way by choice. Money is not everything, but a kind smile and simple nice things done to people can go a long way. Great post!!


  2. Patty O said:

    What an incredible story…thank you for this gentle and humble reminder to keep a tender heart and to appreciate all things.


  3. I didn’t see that one coming, Kenny! Five cups of coffee and a box of Kleenex, my friend! God bless. 🙂 Dave


  4. Chris Jordan said:

    I’m not sure of the name of the author, but I do know it’s from the original Chicken Soup for the Soul book… I’ve shared that story before as an illustration in my preaching! I’ll try to find the author’s name for you (I have the book at home, and I’m at the office right now). Blessings!


  5. spawithandrea said:

    Reblogged this on spawithandrea's Blog and commented:
    I love the example of putting others first. What a special story!


  6. Absolutely beautiful, what an inspiration to us all x


  7. Such a lovely story–glad I knew it or I would need a new box of tissues 😉 . Selfless love–nothing like it! Take care and have a great weekend! 😀


  8. Anonymous said:

    Sweet story, brother. Thanks for stopping by my blog. John


  9. It’s sad to think that what makes this so inspirational is how rare that behavior is in our world.
    Yet… it gives me hope to know there are so many people who are drawn to this behavior.
    May it be, that someday we will all become that kind of brother/sister!
    Thanks Kenny T!


  10. That is a beautiful story. I want to be a brother like that someday also.


  11. Providing for your loved one, giving to someone you love, it’s always a nice, priceless feeling…


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