Rhobin Courtright’s topic for November is: “Tell when you either performed or received a random act of kindness that made a difference.”
My life has been shaped by a great number of people I call my angels. Each has given me a model to follow, helped me over one or more hurdles, and showed me the essential goodness of human nature. In turn, following them, I have sought opportunities to do the same for others.
I was barely 14 on my first day in an Australian school. I could not even read the street signs, and found my way from migrant hostel to school only through the kindness of an older boy. Mr Dutton, the Principal, interviewed me. Somehow, we managed to understand each other, to some extent anyway. He said, “You’ll need a school uniform.” He pointed out the window at boys in the playground, showed me photos, and pointed to my clothes.
“No money,” I explained. “Mother, Father, Hungary. Migrant hostel me.”
He took a tape measure from a drawer of his desk, got me to stand and measured me up. “Come back here tomorrow,” he said, and worked at it till I understood.
The next day, he presented me with a brand new uniform. It wasn’t until many years later that I found out, he’d paid for it out of his own pocket.
Mr Dutton gave me one-on-one coaching in English. He was the only person in the school who could sometimes beat me at chess, and used the game as a teaching tool. He took me home on some occasions, and his wife cooked me wonderful meals. Ten years after my start in his school, he attended my wedding.
This is why I’ve honoured him as one of my angels in Ascending Spiral.
Other participants in Rhobin’s Round this month: