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Friday, January 09, 2015

At work today, a little boy didn't want to play a game, because he "always loses. Like...Always loses".

His game buddy told him, "Hey, don't you want to play with me? We're friends! It'll be fun!" *love-sigh*

He says ok, and yep- the kid ain't kidding! Lost the first two games and looked more and more depressed.

We were in the middle of the third, when the timer went off for us to switch committees. I pleaded with the teacher- with my voice and eyes- five more minutes? She agreed, and with a little covert finagling, he won.

" I TOLD YOU!!!" the other kid said. "Knuckles! I TOLD you you'd win!!"- and he had, trying to be sweet and encouraging through the first two games.

Watching a 5 yr old win, who honestly never does, but doesn't throw a fit when he loses...PRICELESS.

Watching a kid who wants to win (who doesn't, after all?) look anxious- like he's begging God to let his friend win, be so kind and encouraging even after the fact...PRICELESS.

There's a popular book- "All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten".

It's a good read. Pretty basic. There should be a part two, though:

All I Ever Needed to Remember, I Learned From Kindergarteners.
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    Thats awesome...
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    That was an awesome story Sparky! Poor little kid must have been beside himself when he actually won. And the other little on being so grateful he dind, how wonderful is that? You are such a fabulous teacher Sparky. YOU CARE so darn much and that is a wonderful gift. Kids need that in their daily lives. Thanks so much for sharing.
    2033 days ago
    *love-sigh* to YOU!

    This was lovely...thanks for sharing it.

    From watching my daughter and her peers, I believe that the world is getting kinder, in general... these kids really do look out for one another in ways I and my peers in grade school never did... maybe that's it... so many of us were once on the receiving end of the opposite so we're raising our kids differently, perhaps?

    Robert Fulghum's book is one of my all-time favourites.

    ...and you're right... if they can do it, so can we!

    2033 days ago
    What a beautiflul story! Thank you for sharing, Sparky!
    2033 days ago
    Love that! Kids are awesome - those 2 are crazy precious!!!
    2033 days ago
    Such an adorable story! Thanks for sharing.
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    2033 days ago
    that was such a beautiflul story Sparky, kids can 'right sometimes, that just really warms my heart he encouraged his little buddy like that, no thought to his own loss in the game!
    2034 days ago
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    I was just reading a lame posting on LinkedIn about developing incredible charisma because people on LinkedIn need to read about this sort of thing.

    It said "charismatic people build and maintain great relationships, positively influence the people around them, consistently make people feel better about themselves -- they're the kind of people everyone wants to be around... and wants to be."

    Sounds like those kids got it in spades...and you do too! emoticon
    2034 days ago
    What a beautiful story, Sparky! So heartwarming! Stories like this restore my faith in the human race, and I love the way you ended this. We often forget the most important things in life as responsibilities and disappointments mount, but if we could remember the selfless spirit of helpfulness, cooperation, compassion, and hope displayed by these two kindergartners, we would be living in a world a whole lot more like heaven!
    2034 days ago
    From the beginning of my teaching career, I have always learned more from my students than I could ever teach them. I do love my students and they know it. You can't fake feeling with kids. You are so special and your kids know it, too.

    Great blog, Sparky! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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    That is so incredibly awesome
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