One of the best things in life is to see true kindness in kids. It’s beautiful and pure, and you have to soak it in, because you know the world will try to suck that goodness out of them as they get older. Seeing a young child befriend an elderly man at the park, or watching a little boy share his toy at the beach — not because you told him to, but just because he knew it would make someone else happy — that’s the stuff. Those are the moments we realize how much better our world is because of the children in it.
Well, comedian and actor Alex Edelman shared on Twitter recently how he was personally impacted by the unexpected kindness of children.
A really wonderful thing just happened to me on a train in London.
I’m flying back to Los Angeles today from here and I was on the train to the airport and across from me was a classroom of children on a field trip with a nice teacher.
— Alex Edelman (@AlexEdelman) March 20, 2018
“A really wonderful thing just happened to me on a train in London,” his tweet reads. “I’m flying back to Los Angeles today from here and I was on the train to the airport and across from me was a classroom of children on a field trip with a nice teacher.”
TM.Ads.addNativeAd( “native-ad-TMLNHn2HH5QGX8G2qUT6L3ZZ-5222105”, “TMLNHn2HH5QGX8G2qUT6L3ZZ” );
He then goes on to share that he talked to the kids about his siblings, how he misses them, and also that it was his 29th birthday.
One of the children then realized that Edelman might not have anyone to sing Happy Birthday to him, since he was traveling. And, if you’re a kid, well … that’s just the worst thing imaginable.
So this child and his classmates wanted to ensure that Alex definitely had this special song sung to him — in that moment, on that train.
“So this class of about a dozen little British fellas sing me a very nice version of ‘Happy Birthday’ on the train,” Alex wrote. “Loudly. And I was trying so hard not to cry, because I *do* hate traveling on my birthday.”
You’re not the only one trying not to cry, Alex.
He went on to say that these children were heroes and that their teachers and school deserve credit for the amazing humans they were raising.
But perhaps the best part of the story is when one child spoke this truth: “It doesn’t take much to make someone smile.”
There’s a reason this has been retweeted over 2.3K times — as it is such a simple and beautiful story that we all need right now. It really is easy to someone smile. In fact, all it usually takes is a small act of kindness, like singing the birthday song.
These kids likely excited that train after Edelman did and went about their day — visiting museums and eating sack lunches and goofing off with their friends. They probably don’t know that they made a hardened grownup feel something that day. A man who probably sees a little bit of himself in these boys — boys who don’t yet know how ugly and cruel the world can be. And who also don’t know that even if it looks dark, that they have the power to shine some light in and remind us all that we have the power to be kind.
The post Man Riding the Train Alone on His Birthday Gets Serenaded by a Group of Schoolkids appeared first on Babble.