I just had the privilege of attending my 40th high school reunion. I was hesitant to go. I was a skinny-mini person in high school and now I struggle with my weight, so I was a little embarassed about that, and I didn't know if any of my close friends from that time would be there, as most live out of town. To top off my already mounting lack of confidence---I had picked out a dress and showed it to my 16-year-old daughter (typically my trusted consultant, preventing me from getting anything too weird or unflattering.) She told me it was an old lady dress. I had asked for her honest opinion so she was just doing her job. It deflated me a little but dang it ---it was already purchased and I liked it! I decided to throw caution to the wind and showed up at the reunion, wearing the extra pounds, the "old lady dress," and a boatload of doubt.
I'm so glad I decided to go. It was a perfect evening with some fantastic people, great memories, confessions of secret crushes from back in the day, laughter at our stupid high school selves, and joy! No regrets. I can't wait until the next one!
Through the course of the evening, a group of friends and I were making the rounds to all the other tables and found a girl that used to live in our neighborhood and attended our elementary school. She greeted my friend Lynn and said, "I'm so glad you're here, Lynn. I'll never forget you. When we were at Adams elementary, I was always picked last every time we played anything and you were such a great athlete. One day when they were picking teams and you were a captain, you chose me before you had to and I'll never forget how nice that was."
It was a little gesture that took place close to a half century ago, but to this girl, it was unforgettable and life-changing. Significant enough that 47 years later it was in the forefront of her mind.
What a great thing to be remembered for. Kindness. It costs nothing and multiplies over and over again.