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Regular contributor and Heart Touchers favorite, Roger
Dean Kiser, Sr., shares a secret with all of us today...
Some secrets are better left unknown...

Thank you Roger, for sharing your heart touching stories
with us!

From my family to yours,


The Secret

By Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.

I cannot honestly say that there was ever a time that
I went hungry when I lived in that orphanage in
Jacksonville, Florida. I mean, I wish there
had been more to eat at times, and there were
times when my stomach sure growled a lot at nighttime.

One day our second grade class at Spring Park
School was release early because of a fire drill. As
I walked back to the orphanage, about a block away
from the school, I saw a woman standing on her front
lawn eating a sandwich. I stopped and stood there
looking at her.

"Can I help you?" She asked me.

"Just looking at that sandwich," I replied.

"Would you like a sandwich?" She asked me.

"Yes, Ma'am. I guess," I said.

She walked back into the her house and within a
minute had come back out holding a sandwich in her hand.

"Here," she said, handing me the sandwich.

I raised the sandwich to my mouth and I took a bite.
I could feel my eyes roll back into my head as I tasted
the wonderful treat.

"This is very good. What is it?" I asked her.

"It is a meat sandwich," she told me.

"We don't get much meat at the Children's Home
Orphanage," I told her.

"If you ever get hungry for meat you can come by
here," she told me, as she walked back into her
house and closed the door.

I slowly walked back to the orphanage eating the
sandwich and making sure that my mouth was
clean so that no one would know that I had eaten
a meat thing.

The next day after school I once again walked by her
house to see if she was there. Sure enough she saw
me and invited me in to eat another meat sandwich.

As I sat at her dining room table I noticed that she
had a large black bird locked in a cage at the far
end of the room.

"Is that a big, black eagle bird?" I asked her.

"No. That is a talking crow," She told me.

"Birds can't talk." I told her, wrinkling up my forehead
in amazement.

"Oh yes they can," she advised me.

"How can birds talk like human being people?" I asked her.

"You just have to say the exact same things to them.
Over, and over, and over every day and that is how they
learn to talk," she said.

Everyday for almost for six months I would come by
her house to eat a meat sandwich before returning to
the orphanage. When I would knock on her door she
would always say, "Just a moment. I am covering
the bird cage."

All the times that I went there I never did hear that bird
ever speak a single word. When I asked her why the bird
would never talk she told me that birds would not speak
when their cage was covered with a cloth.

One day I came by her house and I knocked on her door,
but no one answered. Slowly I opened the door and I
called out to her. Again no one answered. I slowly walked
into the kitchen and I saw a meat sandwich sitting on
the table. Beside the sandwich was a note telling me
that she could not be there. That I was to eat the
sandwich and then lock her door when I left.

After I finished my sandwich I put my plate in the sink
and started toward the front door. As I turned back
around to see if I had cut off the kitchen light I saw
the covered bird cage in the living room.

Slowly I walked over to the cage and I peeked
underneath the cloth. Suddenly the cloth fell from
the cage and onto the floor. The large black bird
started jumping up and down, it's wings throwing bird
seed in every direction. My little heart was beating
ninety miles and hour, inside my chest. All of a
sudden the bird just stopped dead in it's tracks and
screamed, at the top of it's voice, "There's that darn
kid again. There's that darn kid again."

I grabbed the cloth and threw it back over the bird
cage as fast as I could and then I ran out the front
door. When I got outside I looked all around real,
real good. But I didn't see no darn kid.

Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.

Write Roger and let him know your thoughts on his story!

The Sad Orphan Web Site

Roger and his wife, Judy, also a writer, live in Brunswick,
Georgia. As a child Roger was raised in a very abusive
orphanage located in Jacksonville Florida. He has written a
book titled "Orphan" which tells of the horrors that he and
other children suffered daily, for more than ten years.

His book is in all major bookstores and available
through his web site/link, for purchase. He now writes and
speaks to children in the Georgia School system about child
abuse and its effects.

In the last two years Roger has developed one of the most
read child abuse web sites in the world, "The Sad Orphan"
located at:
which displays many of his short stories.

You can purchase Roger's book, "ORPHAN"
in major book stores or order from at:

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Thought For The Day:

"Remember: The mightiest Oak was once a little nut
that held its ground."

Verse for the Day:

"Though your beginning was insignificant, yet your end
will increase greatly." --Job 8:7

Toddler's Thought For The Day:

"If it is on, I must turn it off. If it is off, I must turn it on."

Parent's Thought For The Day:

THOMAS EDISON'S MOTHER : "Of course I'm proud that
you invented the electric light bulb. Now turn it off and get to bed!"

Coach's Thought For The Day:

"It's not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are
winners before the game even starts.  -- Addison Walker

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are
condensed, the deeper they burn." --Robert Southey

Deep Thought For The Day:

"Want to talk to God? Send Him some kneel-mail."




\_\  /  
/_/  \    "For I have been crucified with Christ and I no
\_\/\ \   longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I
  \_\/   live in the body I live for the Son of God, who    
loved me and gave Himself for me."
Galatians 2:20

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