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TITLE (EDIT)
Giving, An American Tradition
DESCRIPTION
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[749 words]
AUTHOR
Emory L Griffin
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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[January 2009]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (16)
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I Bid You Adieu And Fuck You! (Short Stories) Some more copy cat horror dedicated to you RICHARD. I sincerely hope you enjoy it. [527 words]
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The Doctor Is In. (Short Stories) short horror story [538 words]
The Elephant In The Room (Short Stories) short horror story [852 words]
Giving, An American Tradition
Emory L Griffin

America is probably the greatest country in the world, no scratch that it is the greatest country world. It is filled with many different culture, it is in fact the world's melting pot. Each culture in America has given its on unique contributions to this great country, and maybe more importantly, it's own traditions. America is a country made up of traditions, each tradition is important in it's own right. One tradition that stands out in America, no matter the culture, is giving. America is known for it's tradition of giving.
It is a cold, rainy night as Jason Whittaker makes his way home from a hard day at work. He shivers slightly as he leans forward to turn on the heat in his car and as he does this the car gives a violent shudder and dies. He maneuvers the vehicle over to the shoulder of the road, cursing as he does. He gets out in the freezing rain to look under the hood, as he does this he curses the black mechanic that supposedly "fixed" his car. He continues looking under the hood and has no idea how to fix it, he is disgusted with himself for resorting to the racism that his father always displayed in the household he grew up in. As he stands in the violently cold weather a car drives by and he sees it put on it's brakes and begin to turn around to help him.
Jamall Henderson saw the man standing next to his car with the hood up and the freezing rain falling around him, and he had no second thoughts about turning around to help him. As the man climbed into the car, wet and cold, Jamall felt waves of dislike and relief coming from the man. Jamall didn't understand the vibes he was getting from the man, nor did he care, he only wished to help the man out. Jason Whittaker did not have a dime on him, he had left his wallet in his broken down car. As they pulled into the gas station Jamall handed Jason a twenty dollar bill and told him to get himself something warm to eat and use the change to pay for a taxi ride home.
That night changed a lot of things about Jason Whittaker. He never forget that lesson and was constantly looking for a way to repay the favor that had been paid to him. He got just that oppurtunity one night on his way home from work. It was a cold, rainy night, much like the one that made Jason into the new man he was, he looked into the rearview mirror of his new car, which he credited to his promotion, which he believed came about after he took on many more black clients at his law firm. He saw three young black men huddled around a broken down car that looked as if it was held together with primer and prayer, he quickly engaged his brakes and turned around. The three men clambered into his car, getting mud on all his seats he noticed, but did not say a word. He took them to his house where his wife cooked them a hot meal. As they heartily ate, he told them they could stay in the guest bedroom of his house for the night and tomorrow they would look through the classifieds for a new car. The next day all three men sat down to a hot breakfast and found a car for five hundred dollars. It wasn't in the best shape but it was far better than the one they were using the day before. Jason took them to the car and payed for it with cash and, as the young men begged and pleaded for a way to repay him, he told them to remember this day the next time they were driving and saw someone else in need.
Giving is only one of the many things America is known for, but in my opinion it is our countries greatest trait. We are not a perfect country, nor does anyone think we are. Our economy is in the worst condition it has been in for a while, however I believe, we as a people, will pull through these hard times and it is that spirit of giving that will get us through these hard times. I said once before that America is not perfect, yet I would not choose to live anywhere else.

 

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March 2009
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