The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to get caught up in the spin cycle and let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
This week our Something Good is the impact each of us can have on others and how a teacher changed a young man’s life.
Chris Barrington has had a difficult life. Two months ago, he was found wandering alone by a highway in Waco, Texas, CBS tells us. Chris, 30, has the functionality of a six year-old and when his dad, who had leukemia, became too ill to care for him, Chris wandered for two days on his own.
When he was found by a sheriff, Chris couldn’t remember any other name but Mrs. Girard, his junior high teacher. Michelle Girard had taught Chris for four years but hadn’t seen him for years. However, when the sheriff’s department called her, she gladly took Chris in.
Girard threw Chris a surprise party when he turned 30 earlier this month and she says he had never had a birthday party or Christmas presents. So, this year, the teacher said, will be full of firsts as she sets out to give him a good life.
Chris’ dad died on August 1 and Chris has no known immediate family to care for him, so Girard has applied to be her former pupil’s legal guardian. She says she asked what would happen to Chris if she didn’t take him. When she was told he would be put into an institution, she said, “Not on my watch he’s not.”
Sometimes we don’t realize what an impact we have on other people – an impact for good or for ill. In Mrs. Girard’s case, she made such a positive impact on one of her students that he remembered her name when he was in trouble years later. And then she went above and beyond to help him when he was alone in the world. People like Mrs. Girard are Something Good and her example is one we should all strive to emulate.
Now it’s your turn… tell me something good!