(This is for the Slice of Life challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write on Tuesdays about the small moments in the larger perspective … or is that the larger perspective in the smaller moments? You write, too.
I was shuffling papers, trying to find something. I had a meeting in an hour.
I held up a give-me-a-sec gesture. The paper seemed important in that moment. The voice, a distraction.
I stopped, looked up. She had come in from recess, all smiles. She bounced on the heels of her feet.
“I just wanted to say hello. Hi!”
She added a wave. I chuckled.
“Thank you. Hi!”
“Thank you! You’re welcome!”
She scooted off, skipping a bit, and I started to go back to my task of paper-finding, smiling to myself about the curious nature of kids, and the impact of kindness.
Peace (in the moment),
PS — a version of this was also shared as a small story in another space.