Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 341 – A Follow Up

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”

— Seneca, Roman philsopher

A few weeks ago I wrote about a brave young man who we’ve been taking to school.

Shortly after we started commuting together he showed up on a Monday morning as usual. The ride was routine and the kids chatted about all the strange and wonderful things kids talk about.

He didn’t show up the next day. I texted him and he responded that he wasn’t feeling well. ‘No problem. Hope your feeling better.’ I texted back. As a double check, I sent a note to his father. A few hours later he called me at work.

“His mother died on Sunday,” his father told me.

I hung my head as I listened. I knew his mother’s conditional was terminal, but that didn’t alleviate the shock of hearing the news. There wasn’t much I could say. I offered my condolences. Later that day I wrote out a sympathy card. The words were coldly real.

In the intervening weeks, we’ve continued to ride to school together.

Some mornings, I ask him how he feels about his loss but he rarely says much. Other mornings, I sense that he just wants to be listened to. I’m happy to hear his stories. He has a creative imagination.

Every morning, the brave young man has a smile on his face although, on occasion, it looks forced. Maybe that’s just my imagination.

I don’t know what else to do other than continue to be there. If he ever wants to talk, I hope he knows I’ll listen.

I’ve got time to give.

Gave several special kids rides to school today. 

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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