… the child in your second grade class, the one you didn’t make fun of when he didn’t understand the instructions and painted his fish red instead of purple. You didn’t hold his art work up above your head for the class to see as an example of someone who doesn’t follow directions. When another boy pointed at the red fish and opened his mouth to laugh, you stepped up and said, “It’s not red, it’s dark red.” From the corner of your eye, you saw the other child breathe a sigh of relief at not being the center of his classmates’ ridicule. Maybe he couldn’t pay attention because he was up all night long, with terrible dreams of then night his father beat him with a shoe for spilling chocolate milk on his shirt. Or perhaps he had an ear ache and couldn’t hear you too well when you were explaining the project. No matter the reason – your words made all the difference.
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