“Does It Go the Other Way for This?”

October 15th, 2011

10-15-11I love Saturday mornings in Boulder; people flood the streets with friends and family and head out to enjoy the town, and if the weather is good, as is the case most of the time, they come out in droves. Saturday, the Farmer’s Market is the place where most people stop to shop with the other thousands who are looking for fresh produce. For me, it is a huge captive audience I have a chance of talking with.
I took a break from my short ride today to visit this captive audience. The Kindness Bicycle is quite a sight as I position myself to be seen by as many people as possible. Great conversations ensued, prompted by the signs which caught the eye of the viewer. One young boy of 10 years of age or so walked by with a quizzical look on his face. He walked by a few more times, each time looking like he wanted to ask me a question, which he finally did. “Does it go the other way for this?” he said. He was asking in response to the sign, “Boys should never hit girls.” Apparently, he and his sister walked by a little earlier and she pointed it out to him. He was relieved when I told him his sister shouldn’t hit him either as I showed him the “People shouldn’t hit people” sign. He went running off to tell his sister.
This afternoon, I took a walk up the Flatiron trails for a view of the city and a much needed soothing relaxation break and reflect on all the goodness in my life and in this world. I met former teachers, Beth and Clara on my way back to The Kindness Bus. They loved the idea of students embracing a lifetime goal of kindness. Beth is going to be active in promoting the idea to schools.

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