By: Krystle Crossman
Kindness is infectious. Doing one kind act for someone can create a ripple of kindness. This is what happened at a middle school in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It all started with an anonymous person who put Post-its on 149 eighth grade student lockers. These post-its all had one simple message: “You are beautiful”. In a world full of bullying and insecurity at this age, this was a welcome sight for most of the students.
The kindness quickly spread. The notes were passed around to other people’s lockers. New notes were created with messages of inspiration and kindness. Soon the lockers were filled with notes from classmates all telling one another how amazing they each thought their peers were. One student, Eric Anderson, came out to find his locker was completely filled with messages from other students. His house has just burned to the ground a short time ago and he said that it was really great to see that people cared so much.
No one has come forward to say that they started this post-it kindness ripple. It could have been a student, it could have been a teacher, the principal, or maybe even the janitor. Either way it spreads a message of hope that there are still amazing people out there who really want to make a difference in other people’s lives.
Teaching your children about random acts of kindness is a wonderful thing that will serve them all the way through adulthood. If you home-school your child you can make it a lesson. Teach your child about crocheting and make scarves and hats. Place these in a park in the city with a tag on each stating that these are free to anyone who needs to keep warm during the harsh winter months. Make sure that you lead by example when your children are with you. It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day. When I am in the car with my son and we go through the drive-thru at Dunkin Donuts or when we go through a toll booth I try to always pay for the car behind me as well in the hopes that they will pay it forward in some way. My son asked me why I do this and I told him that it is good to do nice things for other people even if you don’t know them because we need to make the world a happier place.