The office was warm, the kids were in rare form and my blood was boiling.
While struggling to cool off I took off my hat for just a moment and then she walked in thru the office door. A sweet six grade student took one look at me and said she loved my hair. When she noticed the look of confusion on my face she corrected herself by saying “I mean I love your du” as she nervously flipped her hair behind her sweet face. Innocently she asked if I had shaved it off on purpose and when I explained why I had no hair her face softened just so… My heart melted. The details of our conversation are lost to me today but I will never forget how she made me feel. She cared.
Working at a middle school makes me wonder what in the world is going on with today’s kids but I learned a very valuable lesson that day. Goodness still exists. In fact the level of support spoken thru some of our middle schoolers since that day amazes me. I am encouraged and hopeful for the future. Schools today are focused on teaching about kindness and it is starting to show. At least at my middle school kindness is shining bright.
Imagine the conversations and opportunities we miss out on when we fail to use our struggles to promote good. Let’s stop hiding our pain and scars from plain sight. It is our responsibly to use them to create an atmosphere that teaches valuable life lessons and growth on a personal level.
I do not think I will ever wear a hat again. My only regret was not doing it sooner.