He Was Always Bullied But The Girl New To Town Changed His Life.
I’m not sure if this is where I should be posting this, I just wanted to say it out loud I suppose. I was going through Facebook not really doing anything when a thought popped into my head to check and see what my first girlfriend was doing. I don’t mean actually real girlfriend. We were in elementary school together. I was bullied a lot in school, and she just moved to my town and was the new girl. So I started talking to her because I knew what it felt like to be alone and didn’t want her to feel alone plus I thought it would be nice to talk to someone who wasn’t always trying to be mean to me. We never really dated or anything, never held hands or kissed or anything of that nature. It was just kind of a thing that we both just assumed. That’s just how we thought as kids. She moved again after only being there for a year. What stuck out to me was just how nice she was to me. She was just so accepting. I never forgot that.
Flash forward a few years and I’m in high school. I don’t think about her often, just the occasional ‘I wonder what she’s doing’ kind of thought, but I never forgot her kindness. I was talking to a friend of mine when I noticed her from across the lunch room. Stunned, I walked up and just smiled at her. She saw me and her face lit up. As she hugged me she told me she thought about me from time to time as well. We reignited our friendship, romance was something that neither of us ever really moved on, just a nice friendship with a history behind it.
Over the years we stayed in touch, every couple of years one of us would message the other to see what was going on and swap stories of our lives. I never forgot about her though, she was always somewhere deep in the back of my head. Last night I decided to look her up on Facebook and do our once in a while check in when I saw that her Facebook was lit up with comments of rest in peace, and missing you always. She’d died earlier this year.
I’ve been in a state of shock since then. She was one of the first people to ever be truly kind to me, and now she’s gone. The reason I’m posting this is to say two things.
1) I’ll never forget you Jessica and
2) Showing kindness isn’t a one and done deal. In all the horrible things happening in the world today, showing someone genuine kindness will leave an impression on that person that could possibly last for decades.
Don’t miss out on a chance to improve someone’s life for free.