Kindness Matters


Today, I was reflecting on how kindness matters.

As a veteran teacher in my school, I have participated year after year in our “birthday” celebrations.  All this involves is for different staff members to bring in treats to celebrate the birthdays, or half birthdays, of other co-workers.  Goodies appear twice a month, like clockwork, strategically on Mondays. Happily, through the years, I have done my part, bringing treats–some yummy and gooey, some crunchy and healthy–on my designated days.  This year something surprised me.

The week before my birthday, our sweet, newly-hired music teacher, stepped quietly into my office with a little pad of paper and a pencil in her hands.  “What are your favorite treats?” she asked shyly.

“Anything is fine,” I replied.

“Don’t you have any favorite treats?” she persisted.

“Well, I try to eat healthy…hmmm.  So maybe some fruit or vegetables or nuts?  But really, anything is OK. Cheese and crackers?”

“Any favorite sweets?”

“Brownies are my favorite.  Or M&Ms.”

She smiled and turned and headed down the hall, back to her room.

The next Monday, there in the teacher’s lounge was an array of everything I suggested!  Strawberries and peppers, red and green and orange, cheese and crackers, mixed nuts.  Even brownies and M&Ms!  Even now I get a little teary-eyed thinking about it. No one has ever bothered to ask me what I like.  Of course, I never expected it and have appreciated everything I have received, but this was a special act of kindness that touched my heart.

Stepping into her room later that day, I said, “Sarah, thank you so much for the yummy treats.  It was so kind and nice of you to bring all my favorite things.  It was so nice of you to ask.  Thank you so much!”  I gave her a hug.  My eyes glistened.  She probably thought I was some kind of nut!  But I didn’t care.  What she did mattered.  It mattered to me.  I wanted her to know: Kindness matters!

About bjdonaldson

I'm an average woman who enjoys reflecting on life, writing poetry and ponderings, and having a good laugh. DIY, baking, and cycling are fun, too. If you visited me, I'd invite you in for a cup of coffee and a little chat. I am a Literacy Coach, Reading Specialist, and former classroom and Reading Recovery teacher at an elementary school. Getting up in the morning is not hard; I still love making a difference in the lives of children and teachers.

2 responses »

  1. I love “random acts of kindness,” and I think your post really drives home the idea that it’s important to be kind even without cause. You never know how the little thing you do can change someone else’s story. 🙂

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