Thursday, March 15, 2012

Stand, You've Been Sitting Much Too Long. There's a Permanent Crease In Your Right and Wrong

Stinky and some of her friends at a basketball game.

Last Friday I started reading By the Iowa Sea, by Joe Blair. I was talking to Stinky about it when I got home from work and told her it was about a man who had a son who was profoundly autistic and how hard and wonderful all at the same time it was and how it affected their family.

She said, "Hmm. That reminds me of something that happened at lunch today..." She went on to tell me that a girl with Down Syndrome came over to the end of their table, where some freshman girls were sitting. The girl asked them if she could sit with them, and the freshmen told her there was no room - even though there obviously was. Stinky and her friend were horrified and followed the girl to a table where she sat alone and started crying. They asked her if she would like to sit with them and she told them, "Yes. That she was too scared to even ask the seniors..." Stinky said she was a very sweet girl, who told them all about her life and the things she loved.

Then, Stinky and her friend asked one of the very large and imposing football player guys to go over and have a talk with the freshman girls, because they thought it would be more effective than if they said something. The football player went over and told the freshmen girls that what they did wasn't cool and that they should be ashamed of themselves. I suppose if peer pressure can be used for evil, it's nice to at least see kids trying to use it for good too...

10 comments:

rel said...

Wow, that is just awesome!!
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rel said...
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rel said...

This new Google/blogger id stuff is a pain. I went back to the old blogger so I could turn it off.
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laura b. said...

That was lovely of Stinky and her friends. I love that they used their powers for good :)

Tara said...

Stinky and her friends are awesome. The girl they comforted will remember that experience; hopefully more than the bad, hurtful experience with the snotty freshmen girls.

NoRegrets said...

Good for her! Good for them all! Except the freshmen...

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

Ahh the "Mean Girls".. I'm glad that they were told off..I'm sure if the shoe were on the other foot they too would be crying....

Your kid is awesome!

Minyo said...
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Minyo said...

Cool!!! The world needs more teens like Stinky and her friends :)

Michael said...

What a terrific tale!