When I picked up Ryan from school today, he immediately told me about something he did that still has me smiling. Had to share it in his Footprint.
Long story short, they had indoor recess today (basically play time in the classroom when there is inclement weather). Out of nowhere, he made the decision to do something nice for the teachers instead of play. So he found a bucket of pencils that all of the kids use during class and noticed they were all worn or broken. He then spent the next 20 minutes manually sharpening each and every one so the teacher didn’t have to worry about it.
He was so proud of what he did, and told me he couldn’t wait to do it again tomorrow. When I mentioned how awesome that was, and reminded him that’s it’s OK to play too, his response? “Daddy – I would much rather do this that play. She takes care of us all day and deserves something nice.”
This is a 1st grade child who had no outside influence, no ulterior motives, and no vested interest in himself. He simply wanted to do something nice. His random act of kindness is more genuine than most grown adults. Unbelievably proud of him today.