He aint heavy

The other day Mickey Rooney died at the age of 93.  In February I wrote the following blog that pertained to a famous line in a movie that Mickey Rooney starred in – “Boys Town”.  Mickey Rooney played opposite of Spencer Tracey (who starred as the role of Father Flanagan in the movie and won an Oscar for Best Actor.)  For some, this will be the second time you’ve read this blog.  Enjoy once again!


For those that have been following my blog, you know that we are having our basement finished.  The drywall arrived today.  I had two choices:

A)   Have the drywall delivered to the driveway


B)   Pay 30% more and have the drywall company deliver the drywall directly into my walkout basement

I chose option A.

While carrying the drywall into my basement this evening, with the help of several guys (thank you so much!), the thought of “is this worth the cost savings?” ran through my head!  But we all persevered through the heavy lifting and got everything into the basement.

Heavy lifting.  Very heavy lifting.  It made me think of a line in the movie “Boys Town.”  For those that do not know anything about Boys Town, it is within the middle of Omaha and is an official village in Nebraska, founded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan to serve troubled youth.  As one of the largest non-profit child-care agencies in the country, they provide compassionate treatment for the behavioral, emotional and physical problems of children and families. Each year, Boys Town touches the lives of over 2 million people and their National Hotline has handled more than 8 million calls since its inception.

Based on a true event, and highlighted in the movie, the story goes:

Back in 1918, a boy named Howard Loomis was abandoned by his mother at Father Flanagan’s Home for Boys, which had just opened a year earlier. Howard had polio and wore heavy leg braces. Walking was very difficult for him, especially when he had to go up or down steps.

Soon, several of the Home’s older boys were carrying Howard up and down the stairs.

One day, Father Flanagan asked Reuben Granger, one of those older boys, if carrying Howard was hard.

Reuben replied, “He ain’t heavy, Father… he’s m’ brother.

Even when we are overburdened, and weighed down with everything going on in life, there is someone who will take our burden.  His name is Jesus Christ.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

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Sometimes I come across a story that has too much value that it’s impossible not to share.  I read a blog post last night by someone I do not know, but felt a need to share her story.

She is known as Andrea.  She is a mother of 5.  One child has special needs.  Another has 9 food allergies.  Her husband was laid off after 17 years with his former company.  She and her family have been on the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

On a recent trip to the grocery store, when she got to the checkout line, she did not have any cash with her, nor her debit card.  And the Electronic Benefit Transfer system (electronic food stamps) was down and not working.

Her grocery bill totaled only $17.38.

And the “Angel In Disguise” behind her in the grocery line  made a decision to pay her grocery bill for her.

Selfless.  Generous. Compassionate

Pay It Forward.


You can read Andrea’s full blog post HERE!


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