A very proud moment…

16 Feb

Last week I was volunteering at the LeMoyne Center, when one second grade student was pestering and calling Hayden names. Since I first met Hayden we have been talking and trying to find non-violent solutions whenever a student might bother him. It hasn’t been going very well until last week.

Instead of hitting the other student, Hayden went and sat in a corner on the floor without anyone saying something to him. I saw him sitting there so I went and sat with him. He told me that he wanted to beat up the student that was bothering him, but didn’t. We ended up talking about what he did on his birthday and what his presents were.

By the time we were done talking, his angry face was gone, his arms were uncrossed, and he was smiling. I could not have been more proud of him at that moment. He chose to do the right thing and just take time to cool off.

Now whenever I go and he sees me, he runs and gives me a great big hug. It is really moments like this, when you can make a difference in one child’s life that makes volunteering worth it.

-Chelsea

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3 Responses to “A very proud moment…”

  1. Dylan Frendt February 17, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    Chelsea,

    This is a really touching blog entry. Hayden does DEFINITELY have some difficult days…and he often resorts to either being violent or verbally disrespectful.

    The fact that you connected with him shows that your work does mean something to the kids. You taught him that he could rely on someone to be there, for him, and you gave him a sturdy connection that he can rely on in times of conflict.

    I love this. Kudos to you for being awesome.

    • Chelsea Cummings February 19, 2012 at 5:23 am #

      Thanks Dylan. Sometime I really forget why I am there. It can be overwhelming and stressful. But when you do connect with one of the kids and they rely on you, you end up remembering why you go everyday.

  2. Alex March 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Great entry Chelsea! Self-control goes a long way in life, and I’m sure you’ve made a bigger impact in Hayden’s life than even you realize. Awesome job!

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