Kindness won last week following a less than stellar start.
A three-mile run and a family talk helped us to forget the mean comments of the young woman who decided it was appropriate to be unkind. It was a teachable moment we used to talk through the power of our words and the importance of each one we say aloud.
Clarity also came with an outpouring of love from Kelsey’s friends and the positive outlook Kelsey chooses to display each and every day.
Kelsey was both excited and happy to return to school and see her friends following. All-day, we waited and hoped that she would come home without incident. Her brother gave Kelsey a pep talk and continues to wear his BRAVE headband every day to support his sister in his own silent and sweet way.
That night, instead of sadness, Kelsey came home to tell us that kindness won the day.
The same child who sent parental instincts into less than desirable places last week realized that Kelsey was her friend after all. Maybe it was her cute brother’s headband, or maybe it was the friends who surrounded her and wore their headbands daily, too. (Thank you, by the way).
Whatever the reason, the same child asked Kelsey for a headband.
That night at practice, that same child wore her headband. The next day after school, Kelsey revealed that the child who upset her so much on Monday was now a friend of hers.
“That’s how kindness wins,” Kelsey said.
It will not always be so easy, but it is great day when kindness wins.