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A Little Bit of Kindness

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” -Princess Diana


In my personal opinion, we all need a little bit of kindness every day. If we receive kindness – I’ve realized, no matter how small the dose – we will probably give kindness to someone else in need of it. Today, I witnessed a sixth grade boy give three people kindness when they needed it. And since one of those people were me, it’s something that is hard to forget.

The first time I saw this sixth grader was when I was sitting in math class. I looked out the window to see a small lower school boy walking back to the lower school alone, and he seemed extremely sad and lonely. The sixth grade boy excused himself from his friends and met up with the lower schooler and walked him all the way back to the lower school. I could tell from the way they were talking that they had never met, but still, the sixth grader walked the little boy all the way back to his classroom and then returned to his friends like nothing had happened at all.

Today was one of the days that I was frustrated with everything. On top of that, I was carrying a lot of things from my locker to my next class and someone had just walked out a door, without holding it for me. This was the second time the sixth grader popped up with a random act of kindness. He was walking in the hallway behind me and rushed to catch the door for me. I smiled politely and thanked him profusely. He just shrugged and said, “It’s nothing.” I don’t think he knew that it wasn’t nothing to me, but still, I thanked him again and went on my way.

For 11 year old boys, talking to girls is really hard. However, at the end of the day, I saw a sixth grade girl with her head in her hands, crying at something that had happened. I would have gone to ask if I could do anything for her, but there was the sixth grade boy, rubbing her back and telling her it was going to be okay. As I walked by, he looked up and saw me, and even though he was comforting someone, he gave me a small smile and a wave.

I couldn’t help but smile back and think of his small statement of “it’s nothing.” Two simple words. Sometimes, it’s not the big things that classify you as kind, or in our case, a mensch, but the little things. Sometimes, the little things make all the difference. After seeing this sixth grade boy help three people he didn’t know or wasn’t close with, I know it’s not something I’ll easily forget. And maybe, just because he held the door for me, or smiled at me, or helped a lonely boy, or a crying girl, next time I see someone walking alone or crying, I’ll remember his shrug of “it’s nothing” and slow down and offer my own bit of kindness to this person. After today, I know that this sixth grade boy quite possibly changed my life, and two other people’s, with three simple deeds, and two little words. “It’s nothing.”

It’s the little things, and in these situations, you have to stop and think: What would a mensch do?


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