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I Speak Kindness Not Spanish

No one understood her at my school, so they came for me
Not the adults in the building, rather the children
Who know me, and thought I could help

I was out of my element.
I know no Spanish,
but I know tears, and recognize sadness.

I took the sobbing woman’s hand and showed her my eyes.
She understood and followed me to my office. 
She was weeping, as I have  never seen anyone weep.

I telephoned my friend, who works at an abused woman’s shelter
He told me to put her on the phone.
He speaks fluent Spanish

She could not quit sobbing as she cried into the phone
Trying to tell him what she could not tell me
She began to calm down.

He told me to keep her there, to protect her.
Mama Bear me kicked in. I was ready for any battle.
He was there in ten minutes and he whisked her to a safe place.

I do not speak Spanish, but I do speak kindness.
The children knew this, which is probably why they chose me.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 8/14/2019 5:26:00 PM
what a wonderful description of how you treat those who come to you for your kindness. Lovely, Caren.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 8/14/2019 10:13:00 PM
Thank you so much Andrea. I am trying to remember my success stories this week while I am licking my wounds at having two schools. This was a shock.
Date: 8/14/2019 2:21:00 PM
that is the very best language to speak! this is very touching, caren, and it sums up so much of what i know of you from your writing. they are lucky to have you in your school...
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 8/14/2019 10:14:00 PM
Thank you so much Ilene. I truly would benefit from learning Spanish but have tried it four times, dismally failing each time.
Date: 8/14/2019 12:52:00 PM
This made me literally cry. Kindness is a language that transcends language barriers. Thank you for sharing this. This is absolutely beautiful!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 8/14/2019 1:56:00 PM
Thank you. She was one of my student's mothers. The next time I saw her she was so beautiful, speaking and writing English. I barely recognized her. All sadness was gone. She gave me a long hug and told me how much I had helped her. I was stunned at her transformation after she had gotten away from the monster.
Date: 8/14/2019 11:01:00 AM
It's through love and kindness do I draw thee.... Hate not no man.. Forgive, pray for them that spightfully use you... James Beautiful write
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 8/14/2019 12:21:00 PM
Thank you James. I appreciate it.
Date: 8/14/2019 8:40:00 AM
That is exactly what they need along with your pictures that you put on Facebook. Each one of them also say a lot.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 8/14/2019 12:21:00 PM
Thank you very much my friend.
Date: 8/14/2019 12:11:00 AM
This is a touching poem that speaks to the heart about the universal language. I enjoyed reading it, Caren!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 8/14/2019 12:21:00 PM
I am so glad that you stopped by Evelyn.
Date: 8/13/2019 11:25:00 PM
Wow! This is quite beautiful!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 8/14/2019 12:21:00 PM
Thank you Kim. The kids "get" me. They know we can be weird together.