Good Morning Friends and welcome to The Perk Project where I am about to share with you all a true story about how I managed to survive the first weeks of Kindergarten as a Scaredy cat and discover kindness on my Yellow School Bus. It was just an ordinary day in the life of one young boy, but he made all the difference in my life that day and from that day forward. It was a defining time in my life on the value and importance of sharing kindness and the importance of spreading it around like glitter and confetti every day of our lives. Kindness is so easy to give and it means so very much.
Growing up in rural America in the late 1950’s was great!
I loved growing up on the farm, I felt so safe. Some people might think it was too sheltered, cloistered, protected, even isolated. But to me it was perfect, I had acres and acres of streams to explore and trees to climb. Our closest neighbor was about a mile away, so making a trip to Town was saved for once a week. Play dates were riding my Schwinn Bicycle with my dog running along side me and any extra time was spent on the Ford tractor with my Dad or snapping beans with Mom. We were a very close family that relied on one another for just about everything. So it really is no surprise that as Summer turned to Fall and I turned five that the thoughts of Kindergarten were terrifying.
I am going to just tell it like it was.
I was terrified of everything.
THE SCHOOL BUS.
THE REAL REASON WHY I WAS TERRIFIED OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
I might not have been so terrified if my elementary school had been closer to my home. But instead it was 7 miles away. Mama took me to school for the first week to sort of ease me in. But you can easily see that after 5 days of driving back and forth it was way too much gas and wear and tear on the family car.
A LESSON ABOUT TO BE LEARNED
So on that Monday morning in September when Mama put me on my yellow school bus little did I know that on the return trip home from school I was about to learn a whole lot about life. I was going to discover one person can make a big difference,that appearances are indeed deceiving and that kindness comes in the most unexpected packages!
FEELING POSITIVE ABOUT KINDERGARTEN
Even to this day I remember feeling very positive about Kindergarten on that Monday afternoon. I’d enjoyed my graham crackers and Kool-Aid, played on the monkey bars with my school friends and hugged my Teacher. The school day was drawing to an end and I was about to go home. (The place that I loved most in the entire world!) I climbed onto the school bus and scooted onto the torn bus seat as far over as I could possibly go. I sort of wanted to disappear into the corner and when you are five that is a pretty easy thing to do.
THE BOY WITH THE SILVER TOOTH
As I stared out the window of the yellow bus and hoped and prayed that the “big,” boy with the one silver front tooth wouldn’t sit by me. I had a pretty good imagination, so I set my mind to imagining the cinnamon rolls that Mama would have made for me and that eased my anxiety. But then, there was a plunk beside me and the green seat lurched. The boy with the silver tooth gave me a smile.
My worst fear had become my reality.
I looked out the window and sobbed. I sobbed so hard that I didn’t even notice that the bus driver drove right past my red brick house. But the silver toothed boy did. It was in that moment of utter desperation that only a five year can feel, that the silver toothed boy saved me. He stood up and told the bus driver that he’d passed my house and that he needed to turn the bus around so I could get off.
I will always remember the lessons I learned about kindness that the silver toothed boy showed me that day. I also know that the youngest of humans to the oldest need lots of love, understanding, patience, consideration, respect and of course always kindness.
I also will always remember, to never judge a book by it’s cover!
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