As your child, grandchild, friend or even neighbor returns to school let are heart be softened by those who may need a friend or even a smile.
I growing up watch a little boy die because he was alone and bullied. This little boy came from a family who had very little, who brought his lunch every day to school and was teased because he did. His bus stop was the 3rd stop and by the time the bus stopped to pick him up the seats were full and he was left to stand in the back on the way to school.
The boys from the back of the bus would take his lunch and eat it in front of him, I tried to retrieve the lunch multiple time. Only thing I could think of doing was to save a seat for him up front. Finally this little boy just gave up and died, never had a health problem just gave up. To this day I worry when I get to the other side and face this boy did I do all I could to help him or will he say WHY....
I have been here and know just how scary it is to have a child hurt so bad that he or she is willing to take their own lifes. If I was not in tune I would have lost one of my children to the crule world of BULLYING. All because he was quiet, scared and felt he was alone.
As your kids great ready for school be in tune with them dont miss that opportututy to make a difference
Special request to all you kids returning to school in the next few days: If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because he/she doesn't have many friends or because they are shy or not as pretty or not dressed in the most "in" clothes -- PLEASE step up. Say hi or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might just make a BIG difference in someone's life