All in a Day’s Work

Reader's Digest International - - Contents - LINDA HAR­RIS, Largo, Florida

ALL IN MY SE­COND-GRADE stu­dent came run­ning up to me, whin­ing. “Look what Robert stuck on my back!” he said.

It was a sticky note with the words “Kick me, I’m stupid” writ­ten on it.

I took Robert aside and lec­tured him on how to treat peo­ple with kind­ness and the im­por­tance of be­ing po­lite and en­cour­ag­ing.

A few min­utes later, I heard, “Look what Robert stuck on my back!” It was that first lit­tle boy, hold­ing an­other sticky note. This one said, “Kick me, I’m smart.”

MY SON IS A FIRE­FIGHTER. He and a few col­leagues con­ducted fire-safety checks at a hous­ing com­plex on what just hap­pened to be Hal­loween. When they called on one el­derly gen­tle­man, he looked them up and down, said, “You’re a bit too old for this, don’t you think?”

“He was a whis­tle-blower, but I was the only one who could hear it.”

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