BLUEBERRY AMBASSADOR MOMENTS
Carman-Ainsworth Middle School, coordinator Kim Butler
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My first Blueberry Moment was an interesting experience in unintentional kindness. One late start Wednesday, a family friend needed to be picked up from an auto repair shop, having just dropped off their car there. The previous night, my mom had asked me if I would be okay with her picking him up before dropping me off, despite the fact it could cause me to be late. My mom noted that the friend could make other arrangements or drop of his car later in the week, but it would be easier for him to do it the next morning. I told her I’d be fine with her picking him up, and continued my evening without a second thought. The next morning, when the three of us were in the car, the conversation turned to Blueberry Ambassadors. It was suggested by my mom that I could give the family friend a Blueberry Card, due to the fact I had agreed with my mom picking him up. I agreed with her again, and gave him a Blueberry Card. What I had seen as simple humanity, as something anyone would do, was perceived as kindness. Despite the fact that I had not noticed this, it still was kindness. I still think about what that moment taught me. And yes, I made it to school on time that day.
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My second Blueberry Moment happened one night as my brother and I were getting ready for bed. In accordance with the usual routine, I made his bed and my own, but instead of leaving the corn bags (like bean bags, but with corn instead, and you warm them up to keep you warm while sleeping) to him to warm up as usual, I put them in the microwave myself. Such a small thing, almost unnoticeable, yet my brother thanked my profusely when he finally finished his long chores and had to sit from weariness after his long day. As he thanked me, I retrieved a Blueberry Card from my sweater and gave it to him. Looking back on that moment makes me think about random acts of kindness differently. How often do we dismiss things we did thoughtlessly as useless, as having no real impact, as just what the next person would do? How often do we overlook kindness in everyday life? Of course, you could donate all your life’s savings to charity, and don’t get me wrong, that is amazing and I would admire you if you did that, but that isn’t the only type of kindness. Smiling at someone who looks like they’ve had a long day, or at anyone, can make a world of difference to someone who hasn’t seen a smile all day, or is working through something difficult. Something can be an act of kindness without it being big or planned. Just look closer at the world around you and you can find kindness in the smallest of acts.
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My third and final Blueberry Moment took place at a birthday party at Roll Haven. Towards the end of the party, some of the group was in the arcade area. When I ran out of tokens, as every kid does, I walked over to my mom to beg money for more. She gave my brother and I each five dollars worth of tokens, and told us to perhaps give a few to other kids. Immediately, I walked over to one of my favorite games and a friend asked if I had a spare token. I handed him ten and a Blueberry Card. It was no loss to me, but he seemed very happy at having gained ten tokens. Who wouldn’t be? Personally, I feel the best part of being kind to others is after the act itself, when you see happiness in others and know that you caused it.
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It was a snow day and the wind chill was -10. Our driveway was covered in about six inches of snow. My brother decided to go outside and snow blow and shovel the driveway because our dad would not be able to get into the driveway after work. We shoveled out the driveway for him. That way, we would be able to access the driveway.
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On one of our snow days, I decided to work at the daycare that my siblings go to. It was very busy because a bunch of the schools had the day off. I helped to prepare lunch for the kids, vacuumed, helped clean up the play rooms, and I also helped prepare the snack at the end of the day. I did this because were very busy helping the kids. I used to go to the daycare, so it was awesome to be able to contribute and help out the people who helped me all through my elementary school years.
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My parents were out of the house and I was babysitting my brother and sister. The whole house was very dirty and dusty from the kids. I decided to clean the kitchen and the living room. I also decided to do the dishes and the laundry. I did all of these things even though I was told I didn’t have to. My parents are very busy people, so it made it that much better, seeing them come home to a clean house after a long day, and see the house clean. Also, they don’t have to clean up any of the house themselves.
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My scout troop and I went to the food bank to do service hours. First, at the food bank we sorted good food from bad food. Secondly, we put the bad food in the dumpster, and got a little messy. Third, we packaged up the remaining food and stacked them up. We spent two hours at the food bank.
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During a Boy Scout camp, we had to do some work because it was Earth Day. We first removed the weeds and then we planted trees and flowers. In the afternoon, we went to the nearby graveyard and raked leaves for 2.5 hours. At the end of the day, we sat down and ate apples, cookies, and sandwiches. The funny part was the bathrooms, which were so crowded. In the end, I had a fun time.
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After every swim meet, we have a lot of stuff to clean up, so this is where I come in. At the end of every meet we have to first put the lane lines away. After about ten minutes of that, we take the flags and the diving blocks out to put away. After the conventional things, we have to put away the pads, and the starter. And then, we can leave and order pizza.