- Faith Tyburski
I hope it helped you
Maybe Of Mice and Men.
I don’t even remember—
The assignment was never the point.
I was always so bubbly in the class knowing
every single answer, yet never raising my
hand a single time. I was always so happy to sit in class
and read at 7:30 in the morning while the people
around me absolutely dreaded it.
How could someone could dread something
so dear to me.
I never spoke to a single soul in the class but I was never mean
That is just not who I am, I prefer to be kind.
You never fully realized how mean the others were
to you when you were not paying attention.
Honestly, I never did either.
Just as I did not realize how my waiting for you
to get your pencil case could be a kindness.
While the rest of the group was eager to start, I told
our teacher that we were waiting for you to come back.
And when you did, we started like nothing happened.
I did not see this as a big deal—
I would have waited for anyone to get whatever they needed.
But our teacher did.
She slid me a note at the end of class just before the bell
that read, “you have a kind heart.”
While you and I saw my waiting as nothing,
she saw a kid being kind to a person who
was rarely treated that way by their peers.
For all I know you saw it differently.
Maybe my waiting for you made your week.
I think about it often.
I try to do things like that every day.