I had a pleasant surprise Friday afternoon
Between the horrific incidents in India, Sandy Hook, and Steubenville I will admit to feeling less than stellar about humanity as of late.
So, it’s Friday after noon. Ten minutes before dismissal and my first grade class is participating in TIDY FRIDAY:
Getting the classroom tidy (pencils sharpened, books straightened, etc) before the weekend.
I look out the window and I see Jack waiting in the yard of his classroom.
I also see parents lining up at the gate waiting for the release of their little cherubs.
Then I see a boy– he looks to be about 12.
He is on a bike.
He is waiting too– perhaps for a sibling?
And I see him wave.
Jack responds with a little stimming dance. (hands flapping, an excited little crouch)
It appears that the boy is also speaking to Jack.
And so our class is dismissed and I go to pick up Jack. As always, he is happy to see me and we go….
But not before I steer Jack off the path to this boy.
Jack is having NONE of that….he does not like deviation from routine so he protests in a way that only a non verbal autistic child can.
Still, I approach this young man and say
“I saw that you were waving to my son.”
He looks panic struck for a moment.
He says: “Yes. Is that OK?”
I touch him on the shoulder and say:
“It is VERY OK. And I want to thank you for your kindness”
He looks relieved
He says, “oh. OK! no problem. He was just standing there. He looked happy”
I tell him how much that kindness means to me and we turn to go.
He says “Ma’am? What’s his name?”
I turn: “Jackson”
He waves again, “Bye Jackson!”
Now this may not be THAT big of a deal. But it gave me hope.
It made me feel good.
There’s a kid that took a moment to think outside himself– at an age where that is not the norm, no matter HOW good they are raised– to bring a smile to someone else.
Someone way outside the “norm”…..
Moments like that restore my faith in humanity.
I hope you find those small moments as well. 🙂