July 1925 - December 1970

Gus Wilson's Model Garage

DEDICATED TO MY SON, TONY HAMMERBERG    1974-2009

Alphabetical List of Stories    Monthly Illustration Galleries   Index Links-All Stories

The Author  The Stories 

1925-1929       1930-1939       1940 - 49       1950 - 59       1960 - 69      1970

Hall of Fame   Lyle Best   Myron O. Weekley   Don Miller

 Edgar Hammerberg   Mary Viramontes   Dave Mantor   Jack

 

Poem

Home

Site Map

Cover Galleries

Of Interest

Martin Bunn

Gus Wilson

The Gus Project

Word Docs

Original Scans

Hall of Fame

Mechanic's Creed

Comments

Take the Test

Answers

Hints from the Model Garage

 

Navigation

GALLERY          POEM          THE BEST HEART        GALLERY II

 

From Tony's best friend, Nikki.

The Best Heart

   Every year a little village in the country would have a fair.  There were contests of strength, cooking, wit, and every other kind of contest these sorts of fairs normally have.  This year in particular, a young man declared he wanted a contest to see who had the most beautiful heart.  He showed everyone his perfect, pristine heart, and everyone agreed he must in fact have the most beautiful heart they'd ever seen.  Then an old man made his way to the front, and said that he believed he had the most beautiful heart.
   The young man laughed and told the old man he must be crazy.  "Your heart is patched and torn, and even has bits missing!  How could you think it's more beautiful than mine?" 
To this the old man replied, "These patches and tears are from each person I've loved.  Where I have given a piece of mine to them and they've given a piece in return.  And the missing bits are where I've loved, but it was not returned in kind.  So though it doesn't match, and it may not look as beautiful as yours, I think it's the most beautiful heart because of love."
   At that, the young man thought a moment, took a piece of his own heart and handed it to the old man. Saying that indeed, love truly does make for a more beautiful heart.