By Robyn Geller
We all like to think we’re that person who goes out of their way for others. The thing is – when you do something nice for someone else, it doesn’t necessarily stick in your mind. What tends to be much more important and memorable are the times other people have gone out of their way for you.
One of those situations happened to me a few weeks ago. My 4 and a half year old son somehow managed to get a piece of carpet fiber wedged in his eye while at preschool. (Don’t ask.) It actually turned into a pretty scary situation, with a team of teachers and other preschool staff coming to our aid.
Because it was after hours, the school nurse had already gone home. For the next 40 minutes as I weaved in and out of traffic trying to reach the school, I was back and forth on the phone offering suggestions about how they might be able to help my suffering child. The school called one of the nurses at home to ask a question, and once she heard what was happening, she jumped in her car and rushed to help.
By the time I arrived, it was all hands on deck. Nurse Mindy was working on a medical solution, Ms. Dani was holding my son’s hand, and our teaching assistant, Mr. Dan, was doing his best to distract him with superhero stickers.
After a long, difficult while, Nurse Mindy was finally able to extract the carpet fiber from my little boy’s eye. Because of her gentle touch and her unbelievable patience, we were able to avoid what would have been a traumatic trip to the hospital.
Lessons don’t always happen in the classroom. That day ours unfolded in the nurse’s office during late stay. To go out of one’s way means inconveniencing oneself in order to help someone else. Nurse Mindy may not always remember the night she dropped everything to help my son, but I certainly will. Doing things for others makes you feel good – plain and simple. If you’re looking for a way to start, check out randomactsofkindness.org.
By Robyn Geller, JCS Public Relations Coordinator
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