Monday, December 10, 2007

Restoring my faith in humankind

This morning I dropped Mina off in front of her school like usual. We can't use the circle drive that goes right up to the school as it is only for buses and daycare vans. We parents all have to haphazardly pull up along a drop off lane, leaving the kids to walk across the lawn or sidewalk to get into the front door.

Usually it's not a problem. Sometimes one of Mina's classmates is getting dropped off at the same time and she walks in with them, but she's fine doing it by herself.

Today though, with the ice and sleet we've been getting, the walk was a bit treacherous. They hadn't salted the sidewalks yet (which pissed me off), so I told Mina to walk through the frozen grass so she wouldn't slip.

She was having quite a time of it, not trusting her balance on the crunchy, icy grass. I saw the panic on her face as she crept forward at a snail's pace, arms outstretched and wobbly. I was just about to find a parking spot on a side street to go help her when an older girl ahead of her (who I found out later, Mina did not know before), looked to be a 5th grader, stopped and turned around.

I saw her bend down and say something to Mina before taking her hand and helping her the rest of the way.

I know there are a lot of snotty preteens floating around. I've heard the horror stories of girls starting puberty at 10, complete with PMS and attitude. I've seen them out in public, sassing their mothers, rolling their eyes.

But this was the exact opposite of that.

I only wish I could find out that girl's name so I could call her parents to tell them what a great job they're doing, and how that one small act of kindness completely made my day.


Grant Miller said...

My wife and I have discussed something like this. We're a little convinced kids nowdays actually are kinder and politer than when we were in school. We think it might have something to do w/ schools (at least here) making a push to dscourage cliques and bullying. Of course this will likely change in middle school.

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

I agree... Most of the younger ones seem a little nicer than I remember. Unfortunately, it takes only one rotten apple to spoil it for everyone. The powerful negative influence a single bully can have on a larger group is really unfortunate.

Michael K said...

Do not contact the parents of this kid. You had a perfect moment today. You could only invite having that moment ruined by calling her parents.

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