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The Kindness of Not Judging

It was a Wednesday afternoon when a boy named Kofi could be seen walking

amongst a crowd of young students. They had all just gotten off a coach and were

making their way towards their temporary abode called Little Marlow.

As Kofi was walking, his female friend, Alyanne, came up to him with her head down.

“What’s wrong, Alyanne?” he asked.

“Can I tell you something?” she said lightly.

“Sure... what happened?” Now, Kofi was becoming a little restless and confused.

“Before we went on this trip, I fell out with my parents, and I shouted at them...”

“That’s fine – you can talk when you see them again and apologise.”

Nicholas replied.

“You aren’t disappointed or interested as to why I shouted at them?”

“Why would I be? That’s your business, not mine - we all make mistakes, and we all

deserve a chance to try and fix them.”

“But I called them stupid! I said I hated them!” Alyanne raised her voice, causing other

students around to look back at her confused.

“Alright!” Kofi smiled, “Now, when you see them again, apologise for calling them

stupid and say that you love them.”

“Wha??” A sense of relief and hope came over her as she heard the words of her


Ever since the incident with her parents, her mind had been troubled, and she felt

hopeless. Kofi’s words seemed to wash away the negative thoughts that were

troubling her spirit and filled her with hope.

The trip to Little Marlow that was to be so painful for Alyanne became a memorable

and fun experience where she smiled and was happy. Her highlight of the trip was seeing one of her fellow students do the worm dance in front of everyone – it was one of her favourite dance moves.

When her parents came to pick her up after the trip, she ran up to them and hugged them. With a tear in her eye, she said, “I’m so sorry Ma and Pa, I should have never shouted at you – I hope you can forgive me.”

A tear of relief and happiness appeared on the faces of her parents, “Of course dear, we forgive you – and we too are sorry for being a little rough on you. Just remember that we love you with all our heart.”

“Yes, I love you too.”

So because of the little kindness that Kofi showed Alyanne, her relationship with her parents was restored, and she had fun on her trip.

The Moral of the Story: Never judge anyone. Always try to be positive to your friends and the people around you, you never know what they might be going through.

By Konyinsola Ayoola-Johnson (K.A. “NC” Johnson), 17 years old

This is a F.L.O.W. blog, please like and share for Konyinsola to win.

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