A reader sent me the below story a week after I posted a blog on December 21, 2016, titled, “Some of the best gifts.” As it turned out, that blog was one of the most popular I’ve posted in a long time.
I asked for permission to share this story, which was written by a primary school music teacher.
“Last week I had a 1st grader meltdown sobbing during the [music] program. When I went over to talk to him he choked out “my mom didn’t come and she promised”. He had worked hard on a special part and was clearly heartbroken. After a hug and a few words of encouragement, he soldiered through. At the end of the day the teacher said something to the mom who just shrugged and said “I forgot”. We were both a bit “hot” about it. This is a school where we often have to teach parents how to parent as well as teach kids to learn. I was not getting over it. I don’t like it when people casually break their kid’s hearts with zero remorse.
“I was still mentally chomping on it the next morning when you posted the blog about gifts you could give that don’t cost anything. In a giant suck-in-air-moment I thought, I must give that mom the gift of forgiveness today! It was a lightning bolt moment. I did give that to her, and then thought no more about it.
“I got an email from the teacher that afternoon. Mom had come (unannounced and unprompted) to school and had a special lunch with him that day to make up for her mistake the day before! The teacher was ecstatic in the turn of attitude and the little boy was beaming.”