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I’m a drummer, currently playing with the Big Bill Harwell Blues Band in Michigan. We host a blues jam wherein we play a set and then other musicians can sit in. One day at the blues jam a kid, probably early twenties, was there. He had down syndrome. He was having a blast, dancing to the music. He went to Bill, the leader of the band and said he wanted to sing. Bill asked what songs he knew. With great enthusiasm he said, “George Of The Jungle.” He got on the band stand, I started in on some jungle drums, the bass player got in on the groove, and the kid let loose. He could not sing on key. He could not sing in tempo. He didn’t know all the lyrics. But he sang with passion. The crowd loved him. His sister (I think it was his sister) wept. It was one of the best gigs I’ve ever played.
I was working an Easter egg hunt for a local elementary school earlier today and a boy accidentally dropped his bag of eggs. The eggs spread across the ground and the other kids picked them up. The boy was so sad. Luckily, I had one egg in my pocket for a situation like this. I gave him the egg, but I wasn’t alone. One of his classmates noticed that he was upset so she came over and gave him one of her eggs. The rest of the class followed her example. It was extraordinary!
Last Sunday, I went to an event that was supporting my church. They had many activities you could do there. But everything was a little bit expensive because they were raising money for my church so that it could be repaired after a storm. There was a little boy there who came over to me when I was sitting on the bench. He had not looked too well at all. In fact, he wasn’t there for the event. He thought that it would be just a fun time. Little did he know, many of the things were very expensive. Luckily, I had money on me. I wanted that little boy to have a good day. I took him around the entire event. Bought him a shirt and matching sweatpants. Very nice clothes. Bought him food and drinks. I made sure this kid was taken care of. After talking to him for a while, I found out that I knew this child’s uncle because he used to work with me through some basketball training I did so that other kids could have a good chance at being great at the sport they love. So I took him over to his uncle’s house. He was really appreciative for everything I did for him. His uncle was as well. His uncle tried to pay me back for everything I’ve done to help his nephew, but I refused to take his money. I could never do that. It just felt so amazing to do something like that for someone who really needed it. I remember his uncle telling me that this child’s mother was doing some very hardcore drugs. After his uncle took a look at his nephew, he just told me that he was going to stay with him for a while until his mother got herself some help. I can’t even put into words how amazing I felt helping this child. Going through a rough time myself, it made me feel so great.
Everyday at work we strive to be our best but everyday the onslaught of being over worked is an issue. We skip lunches, we get in early, we stay in late. Yesterday i sent out a group IM to my co-workers offering any help to lighten their loads and previously offered to stay later so they could leave earlier. Just a little less work breed productivity and a more positive enviroment plus more communal support.
Last night, I was celebrating a friend’s birthday and although it was late and I was super tired, another friend and I decided to help clean things up without being asked. I felt like I was making things easier for my friend and showing him that I appreciated the good time(especially the hours of dancing)!