Thank god for brilliant moms who know what they’re doing!
It’s a funny little anecdote, actually.
I have two backpacks; one for my Monday-Wednesday-Friday
classes, and oenf or my Tuesday-Thursday classes.
My Monday-Wednesday-Friday backpack is a new-ish rolling
backpack, which is somewhat water-resistant.
Basically, that means that unless it is really coming down, my papers won’t get more than a bit damp.
My Tuesday-Thursday backpack is what I think of as my “good-old”
backpack. It was my mom’s before it was
mine, it’s a traditional on-the-back backpack, it’s sturdy, and it can hold all
of my school supplies. The drawback – it
isn’t water resistant at all.
AS a result, whenever it is raining particularly hard on a
Tuesday or a Thursday, I have to use an umbrella to protect my backpack. AS you might guess, it doesn’t work that
So yesterday morning, there I was, dithering at the door of
my house as the rain came down.
Despairing of the idea of keeping my school stuff dry.
Enter Super-Mom, stage right. Wielding two plastic garbage bags, my mom
wrapped my papers and supplies securely, which managed to keep all of my school
things dry throughout my walks through the rain.
Okay, so it might sound trivial to you. I mean, it was just one rainy day.
The thing is, I feel that it is the little things in life
that have the greatest effect. How often
has a day been totally awful, only to turn around just because the right person
smiled at you? What makes my morning
every day is the simple fact that my baby sister makes the effort to get up
early enough to give me a goodbye hug.
It’s sort-of like class credits, which are kind-of important
right now, what with registration for spring semester open. A lot of little things make up a big thing,
and if you need that big thing, then the little things are twice as
important. You can’t get sixty-four
credits if you never start with a one, two, three, or four credit class.
Little things like the campus-wide recycling cans.
Little things like an “I love you” text.
Little things like an A on a quiz.
Little things like a smile.
People are awesome.
Sometimes, we just need to remember that, and keep adding to the little
“One small voice
Can teach the world a
Start with one small
Till another joins
And if you hear the
Growing full and sure
and strong –
One small voice can
teach the world a song.” One
Small Voice, Sesame Street
Start small. With the
little things. Things like my mom rescuing
my schoolwork from the rain.