Story ‣ The Joy of Giving

Reggie’s brother gave him an automobile as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve Reggie came out of his office, and saw a street urchin admiring his shiny new car.

“Is this your car, Mister?” the little boy asked.

Reggie nodded in affirmation, “My brother gave it to me for Christmas.”

The boy was surprised. “You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn’t cost you anything? Boy, I wish…” He hesitated. Reggie knew what he was going to wish for.

The little boy was going to wish he had a brother like the one he has. But what the lad said was far beyond Reggie’s expectation. “…I wish,” the boy went on, “that I could be a brother like that.”

For a few seconds words failed Reggie and then he impulsively added, “Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?”

Short Ride

“Oh yes, I’d love that.”

After a short ride, the boy turned towards Reggie. His eyes were glowing and he said, “Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?” the boy smiled a little.

Reggie thought he understood what the lad wanted. He wanted to show it off to his neighbors that he could ride home in a big automobile. But Reggie was wrong again.

“Will you stop where those two steps are?” the boy asked. He ran up the steps. In a little while Reggie heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast.

He was carrying his little brother who was physically challenged. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car.

“There he 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 going to 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.”

Reggie got out and lifted the lad to the front seat of his car. His brother whose eyes were gleaming with joy climbed in beside him and the three of them embarked on a memorable holiday ride.