Thursday, August 29, 2013
I have daughter and she is 12 & 1/2 years old.I've always been aware that she is an especially kind person, but she still just amazes me. She and I were having dinner tonight at the table (dad is working late). We were laughing, talking about school, her friends, classes, etc. I don't even remember how, but somehow that turned into a conversation about this little boy down the street. (He hangs out here a lot and doesn't have the best home life). She told me she had to sit next to him on the bus when she was in 4th grade, because he was just terrible. He was in Pre-K then and never behaved on the bus so the driver chose a responsible, older child to sit with him: Daughter. After several days, Daughter finally got him to listen to her and stop yelling and jumping around. Then he started asking her to read to him. Every day. I told her how sweet that was and said I hoped she read to him. She did. Every day. She said she would even check out library books each week, just to have something new to read to him every day. She would get 4-5 pieces of candy in class as a prize for something. She promised him he could have a piece if he behaved on the bus all week. It worked. He behaved every week and she would always let him choose the first piece. If he behaved for a whole month, he would get to choose two. He got his reward every time. Daughter noticed Jolly Ranchers were his favorite, so she always made sure to get at least one of those. She sat with him, reading to him every day, giving him first choice of her candy...FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. Halfway into 5th grade, the bus driver moved Daughter to sit with another kid, because he was so well-behaved and didn't "need" her to sit with him anymore. I just sat there and cried tears of joy and told her I had never been so proud of her. She taught him to be good, just by being good to him. The most incredible part? It's been nearly two years and I've never heard that story. She never told a soul. I asked why didn't she tell me. She just shrugged. But I know why. I know my daughter. She just did it because it was the right thing to do, and because it was important. Never been more proud of anyone in my life.