Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: Stories of Life, Love and Learning

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: Stories of Life, Love and Learning

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: Stories of Life, Love and Learning

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: Stories of Life, Love and Learning


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Being a teen is hard - but you are not alone. This book is filled with stories that will make you laugh and make you cry. It will act as a best friend, keep you company, motivate you, and reassure you that other teenagers have been through the same ups and downs and have come out okay.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623610463
Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Series: Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 43,231
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Santa Barbara, California

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1944

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas


B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

Read an Excerpt

I Love You, Dad

If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

—St. Francis of Assisi

I met a man who came to Tampa for his father's funeral. Father and son hadn't seen each other in years. In fact, according to the son, his father had left when he was a boy, and they had had little contact until about a year ago, when his father had sent him a birthday card with a note saying he'd like to see his son again.

After discussing a trip to Florida with his wife and children and consulting his busy schedule at his office, the son tentatively set a date to visit his father two months later. He would drive his family down when school was out for vacation. He scribbled a note and with mixed emotions, dropped it in the mail.

He heard back immediately. Written on lined paper torn from a spiral notebook, such as a schoolboy would use, were words of excitement penned in a barely legible scrawl. Misspelled words, poor grammar and incorrect punctuation bounced off the page. The man was embarrassed for his father. He thought twice about the upcoming visit.

It just so happened that the man's daughter made the cheerleading squad at her school and had to go to a camp conducted for cheering techniques. Coincidentally, it started the week after school was out. The trip to Florida would have to be postponed.

His father said he understood, but the son didn't hear from him again for some time. A note here or there, an occasional call. They didn't say much—muttered sentences, comments about "your mother," a couple of clouded stories about the man's childhood—but it was enough to put together a few of the missing pieces.

In November the son received a call from his father's neighbor. His father had been taken to the hospital with heart problems. The son spoke with the charge nurse, who assured him his father was doing well following a heart attack. The doctor could provide details.

His father said, "I'm fine. You don't have to make a trip out here. The doctor says there was minor damage, and I can go home day after tomorrow."

He called his father every few days after that. They chatted and laughed and talked about getting together "soon." He sent money for Christmas. His father sent small gifts for his children and a pen and pencil set for his son. It was a cheap set, probably purchased at a discount pharmacy or variety-type store, and the kids tossed their tokens from Grandpa aside without much notice. But his wife received a precious music box made of crystal. Overwhelmed, she expressed her gratitude to the old man when they called him on Christmas Day. "It was my mother's," the old man explained. "I wanted you to have it."

The man's wife told her husband that they should have invited the old man for the holidays. As an excuse for not having done so, she added, "But it probably would be too cold for him here, anyway.ö

In February, the man decided to visit his father. As luck would have it, however, his boss's wife had to have an operation, and the man had to fill in and work a few extra hours. He called his father to tell him he'd probably get to Florida in March or April.

I met the man on Friday. He had finally come to Tampa. He was here to bury his father.

He was waiting when I arrived to open the door that morning. He sat in the chapel next to his father's body, which had been dressed in a handsome, new, navy blue pinstriped suit and laid out in a dark blue metal casket. "Going Home" was scripted inside the lid.

I offered the man a glass of water. He cried. I put my arm around his shoulder and he collapsed in my arms, sobbing. "I should have come sooner. He shouldn't have had to die alone." We sat together until late afternoon. He asked if I had something else to do that day. I told him no.

I didn't choose the act, but I knew it was kind. No one else came to honor the life of the man's father, not even the neighbor he spoke of. It cost nothing but a few hours of my time. I told him I was a student, that I wanted to be a professional golfer, and that my parents owned the funeral home. He was an attorney and lived in Denver. He plays golf whenever he can. He told me about his father.

That night, I asked my dad to play golf with me the next day. And before I went to bed, I told him, "I love you, Dad."

— Nick Curry III, age 19

(c)1996 by Nick Curry III. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 On Relationships

Losing the "Us" Lia Gay 3

After a While Veronica A. Shoffstall 7

Soul Mates Fran Leb 8

The Miss of a Great "Miss" Jack Schlatter 11

My First Kiss, and then Some Mary Jane West-Delgado 14

First Kiss-First Lesson Jennifer Braunschweiger 17

Changes in Life Sheila K. Reyman 25

First Love Mary Ellen Klee 28

A High School Love not Forgotten Diana L. Chapman 31

2 On Friendship

The Gossiper Author Unknown 36

A Simple Christmas Card Theresa Peterson 38

Please Listen Stacia Gilmer 41

She Told me it was Okay to Cry Daphan Renan 43

Lessons in Friendship A. J. Langer 45

Always Return your Phone Calls Anonymous 50

My New Best Friend Retold Kimberly Kirberger 52

The Days of Cardboard Boxes Eva Burke 54

3 On Family

She Didn't give up on me Sharon Whitley 63

Mama's Hands Tommi Jo Casteel 68

Unconditional Mom Sarah J. Vogt 70

The Bible Beckah Fink 74

The Birthday Melissa Esposito 76

The Home Run Terri Vandermark 79

My Big Brother Lisa Gumenick 80

A Brother's Voice James Malinchak 83

A Famous Father Author Unknown 87

Lessons in Baseball Chick Moorman 89

The Champ As told Nailah Malik "Vela Storyteller" 92

I Love you, Dad Nick Curry III 94

I Am Home Jennie Garth 97

4 On Love and Kindness

Tigress Judith S. Johnessee 102

Bright Heart Jennifer Love Hewitt 106

The Secret of Happiness The Speaker's Sourcebook 109

Reaching out to a Stranger Barbara A. Lewis 111

Smile Barbara Hauck 115

Mrs. Link Susan Daniels Adams 117

A Mason-Dixon Memory Clifton Davis 119

A Gift for Two Andrea Hensley 126

Life Just Isn't Katie Leicht 128

Tell the World for me John Powell 131

Like People First Kent Nerburn 135

Lilacs Bloom Every Spring Blue jean magazine 139

Paint Brush Bettie B. Youngs 143

5 On Learning

Egg Lessons Kimberly Kirberger 146

The Cost of Gratefulness Randal Jones 150

I Try to Remember Author Unknown 153

Mrs. Virginia DeView, where are you? Diana L. Chapman 157

What's Wrong? The Speaker's Sourcebook 162

The Eternal Gifts Jack Schlatter 164

Socrates Retold Eric Saperston 168

Challenge Days As told to Andrew Tertes 170

Please Hear What I'm not Saying Charles C. Finn 174

I Am... Amy Yerkes 176

Sparky Earl Nightingale 179

If I Knew Kimberly Kirberger 182

6 Tough Stuff

I'll Always be with you Dale Dar Emme 186

My Story Lia Gay 191

Somebody Should have Taught him Jane Watkins 194

Just One Drink Chris Laddish 196

The Dance Tony Arata 198

The Premonition Bruce Burch 200

Dead at 17 John Berrio 206

"Gabby, you're Sooo Skinny" Gabriella Tortes 208

Gold-Medal Winner Rick Metzger 212

Desiderata Max Ehrmann 214

7 Making a Difference

What is Success? Ralph Waldo Emerson 218

Be Cool... Stay in School! Jason Summey 219

The Leader Tony Overman 223

Courage in Action Bill Sanders 224

Turning up your Light Eric Allenbaugh 226

The Oyster Author Unkown 229

Courage in a Fire Barbara A. Lewis 231

The Most Mature Thing I've Ever Seen Chris Blake 236

Broken Wing Jim Hullihan 240

Passing the Dream Penny Caldwell 243

8 Going for it!

The Girl Next Door Amanda Dykstra 246

I'll be Back Jack Cavanaugh 249

Just me Tom Krause 257

True Height David Naster 259

Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Helen Keller 264

The Gravediggers of Parkview Junior High Kif Anderson 268

Teenager's Bill of Rights Lia Gay et al. 272

The Boy Who Talked with Dolphins Paula McDonald 274

Wild Thing Jennifer Philbin 282

To Track Down My Dream Ashley Hodgeson 285

From Crutches to a World-Class Runner The Speaker's Sourcebook 287

If Rudyard Kipling 289

No-Hair Day Jennifer Rosenfeld Alison Lambert 291

I Did it! Mark E. Smith 294

Growing Brooke Mueller 297

New Beginnings Paula (Bachleda) Koskey 298

Who is Jack Canfield? 301

Who is Mark Victor Hansen? 302

Who is Kimberly Kirberger? 303

Contributors 304

Permissions (continued) 313

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