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Kim had funny hair when we were in second grade.
She made bad grades and sometimes got paddled
for being late to school too many times.

She wasn't good at jumprope
she was the last picked for any team.

She wasn't someone got paid attention to,
by those of us that got paid attention to.

Kim was white.

Latoya was dark skinned, flamboyant and poor.

During recess, some of us were hanging by our knees from the chinning bar.
Latoya decided to join in.
She never had before, but she 
had some athletic ability 
felt an urge to show off.

Yep, she hung there exposing her poverty through
the holes in her underwear
because she trusted our urging her to participate 
to be sincere recognitions of her

They weren't.

We made fun of her
in cruel ways
we were seven or eight years old.

Kim, dear Kim, gently approached Latoya and said,
“Come with me, they are being mean to you.”

I learned kindness from Kim.

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  1. Date: 12/27/2011 10:06:00 AM
    a beautiful story, beautifully told. i hope it's true!

  1. Date: 12/27/2011 7:49:00 AM
    Oh my, how perfect. You learned, you paid attention, how rare. The lessons are everywhere and they are profound but we don't look for them. I loved this story.

  1. Date: 12/26/2011 9:08:00 PM
    A beautiful write Nancy, I enjoyed your heart felt poetry tonight, love and light, VIe

  1. Date: 12/26/2011 8:29:00 PM
    this is very special..that you learned kindness in this way..good poem,Deb