The new kid in school

The wonderful minister at our church told one story the same time each year, and we kids loved it.

At dinner (remember family dinners?), ten-year-old Tom tells everyone he hates a new kid at school. The new boy is shy, quiet, and keeps to himself.

“Well, Tom,” says the dad, “you’ve got a new assignment. Tomorrow, find three things about Pete that you like. It’s kinda like going on a treasure hunt.”

Tom spends the next day discovering that Pete’s a natural athlete, a good artist, and that at recess he holds the door open for a kid with a broken leg.

The story concludes with Tom inviting Pete to dinner. They eventually becoming best friends.

Tomorrow, consider talking to a co-worker you don’t know very well. That man or woman might well become a friend.


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Rix Quinn

Rix Quinn is a former magazine editor and now a syndicated columnist for over 100 weekly newspapers. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and California State University.

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