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The M&M’s

by admin on April 26, 2014, no comments

A story that has stuck with me through life. I remember when I was in elementary school and there was that kid that everyone made fun of. He was the smelly kid. I would watch the kids torment him and I laughed along with them. One day when my mom was meeting me at school for our walk home, I noticed she was carrying a bag of chocolate M&M's. I immediately thought they were for me and I said to my her, "MOM! I want some of those!" And she said very calmly to me, "No, these aren’t for you". We stood staring at the school doors and she was waiting. I didn’t understand what was going on. “MOM! Why aren’t we walking home!” She said, "Just a second, Jen. Be patient!" Out comes the smelly kid. My mom walks over, calmly talks to the kid. His eyes cast low at the ground. She hands him the M&Ms and they share a smile. I’m very confused. Does she know him? Why is she talking to him? And then we start walking home. I ask my mom, “Why did you give HIM then M&M’s, Mom? No one likes him! He smells bad.” Mom said, “Everyone needs someone to be nice to them sometimes. You have to see it from his point of view. Do you like it when your older brother teases and aggravates you?” I gave her a sullen look and said “no”, while pouting. “Well how would you feel if your brother did that to you all day while you all day school AND while you were home?” “I wouldn’t like it.” Mom said, “Well, You should remember that the next time kids are being mean to him. Put yourself in his shoes.” Something to remember.