My last random act of kindness....oh wait, I forgot! I don't tell people what my random act of kindnesses are. They are top secret. And I don't want anyone to know who was that nice person. Might ruin my reputation. And believe me, I have a reputation. But I don't really care what people think of me personally. It is what I think of MYSELF that matters. Right?
So I will tell you about a random act of kindness that a young man that I know participated in. He is a teenage boy who is in his first year of high school. Yep, that means he survived grade school. And he even whizzed through middle school. You know middle school! That age where a lot of bullying starts. That age where what you wear and where you bought it becomes so important to a lot of people. And where it starts that a lot of kids make fun of those who don't wear the 'so called' right clothes. We have all been there. It was going on way back in the 1950's when I went to school. And it is still going on today in the world that my grand children live in. Sucks! Nothing RIGHT about it. Doubt that it will change. I don't even know how to go about facilitating the change that is necessary to make it better for kids. I am positive that it starts in the home. But not all parents are alike. And some of them think 'clothes DO make the man'.
But I have gotten away from my story....this young man that I know had a friend at his school who wore what he described as 'raggedy' shoes. He said that the other kids all made fun of him. He said that the boy with the raggedy shoes never said anything back. He just went on with his school day like nothing was happening. This really bothered the nice young man this story is about. So he wanted to do something special for this boy. And it WAS Christmas. You know, that season where giving is better than receiving. The nice young man took money of his own and went shopping. Bought a pretty nice, spiffy, and not so cheap pair of Nike tennis shoes. Wrapped them all up with ribbons and bows (okay maybe I exaggerate a bit here) and stuffed package into his backpack.
Now once he got to school he did not want to further embarrass this boy with the 'raggedy shoes'. So he found an accomplice in a very nice PE teacher. The PE teacher helped the boy smuggle the new shoes into the boy, with the 'raggedy shoes, gym locker. And then the nice boy headed to class. The boy with the 'raggedy shoes' was now the boy with the brand spanking new Nike shoes that looked just like everyone else. And he was sporting a brand new pair of sparkling white socks to boot. Did this cure all the bullying? I doubt it. Did it change any one's life? Maybe. What it did though is make two boys know that one Random act of kindness can show someone there are people out there that DO care. And I am so proud of that boy!
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That's a great story. It's rare that teens show such kindness toward others. Thank you for restoring my faith in teens!ReplyDelete
He is a pretty awesome boy!Delete
That was such a sweet and wonderful thing he did!ReplyDelete
Our Junior High Schools all recently went to uniforms to keep that specific type of bullying from happening!
That would be a good thing to try!Delete
We wore uniforms at school, but it still didn't prevent bullying. If someones dress was a bit too long or for the boys the pants were too baggy (it was the 80s, pants had to be tight) or the clothes looked faded and old then there were bullying. But once or twice a year we could wear normal clothes, usually on Spring Day. It was suppose to be a great fun day, but turned into a day where people could show off who could afford the most expensive designer clothes.Delete
That is really too bad. I am a firm believer that becoming a bully starts in the home. If parents talk like that, or make a big deal out of certain things and make fun of those who don't also have those things...a bully could be bornDelete
So fabulous! Such a great story - love hearing of young people stepping up to the plate and doing the kind thing, completely unprompted by an adult. Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
But it has to be taught in the home for them to learn to step up. Don't you think?Delete
Paula - I don't like people knowing I'm a nice person either. What a great story. I always tell my boys to NEVER tease anyone for any type of difference (clothes, impairment, anything) Drives me crazy to see bullying at any level.ReplyDelete
I couldn't agree more!Delete
I like to think I'm a positive role model for my students to see me doing random acts of kindness. Hopefully it rubs off on them.ReplyDelete
I love your story!
I hope it rubs off on them too!Delete