By the Amazing Kids! Staff
Want to know a little more about the Youth Staff at Amazing Kids! Magazine? Check out our Q&A with some of the staff members; their responses to the question of the month are below!
Q. Describe an act of kindness that reminded you to appreciate something.
Ryan Traynor, Editorial Advisor and Contributing Writer: I was collecting board games from my community to donate to local abused family shelters and I received a note to pick up some games at a home in an economically disadvantaged area. I came up to the house and noticed the shutters falling off, paint peeling, and a broken glider on the porch. An elderly lady came out to hand me a bag of brand new games she had recently purchased for my charity program. She then thanked me for organizing the activity and told me she wished she could do more. Here was someone that did not even have enough money to maintain her house and yet, she was thinking of others. This act of kindness reminded me that no matter how little I have, I can always share something with others, even if it is just time. By creating programs that make it easier for others to donate, we are allowing others to experience the joy of giving.
Allison Stein, Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor: Acts of kindness are simple but seem to leave a legacy in and of themselves. When I am struggling with a problem or immersing myself in a new challenge, those people who take the time to ask me how I am doing remind me that I am cared about. These acts have taught me to appreciate the potential each person has to make an impact on someone else. I try to remember how much a small smile and a few kind words mean to me and to give this gift to others.
Hridhima Tyagi, Contributing Writer: In December, demonetization of the currency took place in India. The poor people didn’t have money even to buy food. I saw a very small child selling balloons, but everyone was ignoring him. He looked so pale; he looked as if he was going to faint at any time. So I bought all his balloons and distributed them to other children. I never give any money to the beggars, but seeing this small child work, I bought the balloons so that he could buy something to eat.
Ashley Lin, Nonfiction Editor and Adult Spotlight Interviewer: As a competitive swimmer, I swim in an outdoor pool every single day—regardless of whether it’s 29 degrees outside or 6:00 in the morning, you can find me logging the laps in the water. Needless to say, practice is tough, but the acts of kindness my teammates at the pool show every day remind me to appreciate each little thing in life. Bless the person who fills up my water bottle in the middle of a distance set, the person who high-fives me after dry land. When my parka mysteriously shows up in time for my trek through the freezing parking lot, it reminds me to appreciate the people around me even more than I did yesterday. Not only that, these acts of kindness open my eyes up to how privileged I am to have these great people surrounding me and to how much more I am able to give to others.
Salma Danuningrat, Fiction Editor: Recently, a small village near Jakarta, Indonesia, where I live, was hit by a flash flood that killed many people and destroyed their homes, mosques, and businesses. My school was able to raise some money in order to help the villagers, and I was lucky enough to have been able to visit the village along with some other students. Handing out supplies and giving hope to the people of Garut made me appreciate the life I had and the things I took for granted. My friends and I realized that no matter how difficult of a situation we were in, there will always be someone out there in an even harder one.