Katherine’s Storytime: A Little Bit of Gum Goes A Long Way

Written by: Katherine Nocera

Hey everybody! Today I thought that I would write a pretty different post than normal. It’s about a recent experience that I had at a bus stop. I have no clue as to why this simple story sparked a deep reflection in my mind but it did. So sit back and enjoy my story time post!

It all started when I took the bus from Trent to the Oshawa Center. (I know what you’re thinking—riveting story so far; please just trust me, there is going to be a point!) Anyway, I went toward the bus shuttle and noticed that someone was occupying a seat and her purse was on the other. I decided to stand at first, thinking that she may have been saving it for someone else.

Eventually realizing that I still had to stand for 20 more minutes, I asked if I could sit. She obviously said “Yea, no problem!” I then needed my favourite snack—GUM! On a side note—I swear gum is like a currency in school. After taking the piece from the packet, I asked if she would also like a piece. Her eyes got wide and she looked at me with uncertainty. She said, “Yea, I would….are you sure?!” I thought, “It’s just gum, of course I am sure!”

After that we talked for a bit about where we go to school until her bus came. We said goodbye and with a big smile, she thanked me once again. Now I am certainly no Mother Teresa but this encounter got me thinking. Even a simple act of kindness (offering gum, for instance!) can possibly make somebody’s day a bit brighter. I mean, my day was, for sure, because I got to meet someone new, which is something I wouldn’t have done if I’d not made a kind gesture.

I think the moral of the story is that even a tiny act of kindness can go a long way. I hope you all agree and can continue to be kind to one another! 🙂

Ciao. xx

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