I Could Have Been
by Rev. Robert J. Hermley
Stories for Life Index
"I could have been President," said the little boy, and all the other children laughed.
"But it's true, I really could have been."
All of the children had been saying what they would like to have been; and now it was his turn.
"Sure, I could have been President," he said again. "My mother and father were both college graduates. I would have had the brains. They have the money. They could have sent me to the best schools; I could have studied politics.
They were always complaining about what's wrong with the world. I wish I could have shown them what is right with it, and what could be done to make it a better place.
I would have helped the poor, not by giving them a hand-out, but by creating good jobs for them. I would have given them a fair wage.
I would have helped the aged and sick by building better homes for them after they had worked so hard and so long.
I would have pushed for peace in the world. I would have been tough on those countries who practice totalitarianism, and who take away the people's rights to worship God.
I would have held out the olive branch with one hand, but kept the strength to protect myself with the other.
So many things I would have done if only I would have had the chance. But like you, I'll never get the chance to try - my mother killed me by having an abortion."