This morning I was really feeling my music walking back from class (Hoodie Allen). I was busy concentrating on not making it too obvious that I wanted to start dancing like crazy. I still had about 12 more minutes of walking and was hoping this mood would last since it was a bit chilly.
Just to make the morning a little better when I came to a cross-walk one of my friends was stopped at the stop sign, he waved me in a drove me back to the dorms, which was out of his way. We don’t really talk much and haven’t hung out more than once outside of class, yet he still went out of his way to drop me off.
It’s the little things like this when you see the true character of a person. He was telling me how excited he was to be home and take a nap for like the next four hours, but he was nice enough to take a couple more minutes out of his day. He didn’t have to, I wasn’t expecting it, and I wouldn’t have given it a second thought if I just waved hello as I walked in front of his car.
It’s a good feeling realizing that people can be nice and surprise you by going above and beyond what is expected, not conforming to social standards of sticking to the everyday schedule.
It more amazing when this is seen on a large scale with people I read an article posted on mlive.com about a few students at my high school that was retweeted. Apparently the freshmen class voted two special education students prince and princess. The couple was already planning on going to the dance as best friends, the girl has a high-level form of Down syndrome and the young man has Fragile X. I find this really heartwarming because when I went there, my senior year there was a student from band and a girl that was not the thinnest, and many students were against voting for them because they didn’t “deserve” it. So not only does this show a change in attitude for high school students, even just one, it break the classic stereotype represented in movies and television shows disproving the overwhelming effect of media on young teens.
By voting for this couple the crowning went to two people who would really appreciate and cherish the honor. It wasn’t the two most popular students in the school or the prettiest. Two kids that might often feel left out or excluded they can now smile about the proven level acceptance from the rest of their class.
When it’s no longer a story for the news, that’s when we have made real progress.