Friday, December 21, 2012

Look for the Helpers (Thanks Mister Rogers)

Like most folks, I suppose, I've been a lot more sensitive over the past week to all things dealing with children, schools, etc.  

This morning, when I dropped my daughter off at kindergarten, the principal of the school was out front, as always, helping every kid get out of their car and greeting parents (a class move I believe).

After I got Kate inside, I was headed back to my car and noticed a little boy who was crying, presumably because he just didn't want to leave mom this morning and face "The Real World" (and who, even as a grown person hasn't been THERE?). 

The principal was walking with him, all the way to the door, with his arm around him.  He was coaxing the little guy into a conversation about cool cars.  

And my heart warmed a little.  A small gesture, but one that made a big difference.  I'm sure it made a big difference to the kid, hopefully it did to the boy's mom, and it made my day, too.

When things like what happened in Connecticut happen last week, NOTHING good comes from them.  But sometimes, in what takes place in the aftermath, maybe little rays of light break in.

When these things happen, humans do tend to pull together.  I wish it lasted, but typically it doesn't last too long.  We go back to how things were.

In these days, keep an eye out for principals comforting little kids.  I use that specific example, but I really mean keep an eye out for hope and light.  If there's anything this world is short on, hope and light are on that list.  You'll notice those things more as we all reflect on and process this tragedy.

Eventually, we'll go back to not noticing those things so much.  But let's do our best to keep seeing that.  This world is indeed a jacked up place.  And it can get dark.  But there IS light.  Even when it only comes in small glimpses.  Let's also do our best to BE that light when the opportunity presents itself - even if they're small and seem insignificant.  (They're significant to SOMEbody).

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.'  To this day, especially in times of 'disaster', I remember my mother's words, and I'm always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world."  - Mister Rogers

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