Saturday, September 10, 2016

Find the Kind 2.0

Laura dresses each day with a bottle of charm. She can’t help it. Students, teachers even animals can’t resist her dimpled smile. Every year she runs for student council and more often than not, she campaigns for the underdog. Even if it’s her rival. She loves to love and can’t (or won’t) distinguish between compassion and competition.

Hermione is careful. Quiet. And unsure. Despite being the older sister she’s never quite broken the barrier of friendship.

A problem her younger sister was determined to fix. Laura decided they should run together and create an entire campaign using a “Sister Ticket” slogan.

The first day, two sixth grade girls cornered Laura and tore down the Sister Ticket poster, demanding Laura drop out of the race.

Laura suffers from anxiety—which turns into a stuttering mess of unintelligible words. She turned to her best friend, a boy who’s as tender as he is astute. He calmed and comforted her.
She didn’t retaliate. She didn’t lash out. She garnered support and won. By a landslide.

When no one was around she found the girls quietly licking their wounds, she put an arm around each of them and told them how great they did.

My child has become a better human being than her mother. I’ve never been prouder. And I’ve never been more humble.

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