I’m ready for a break. But today was not that day. I made some rounds after school, picked up pig feed and then headed out to sort through a 150+ Hereford heifers. It was actually a great evening to sort cattle. NO wind. Then, home to do chores. Now, I have the tube on, watching the world series.
There was a school assemby today. I have a history of not attending most of these kind of things. But, for some reason, on this day, I decided to step in and see what this one was about. I listened to about 5 minutes of the middle school presentation. I thought to myself, “Dude, you better come back with the high schoolers and catch the whole deal.” So, I listened to myself. And I am glad that I did. WOW!!
The presentation was called Rachel’s Challenge. I had never heard of it, even though (as I have since learned) it is the most attended public school assembly program. The presenter was Rachel Scott’s uncle. I kind of remembered the name Rachel Scott, but I didn’t know her story. She was the first person killed at Columbine. In true Paul Harvey form, I did NOT know the rest of the story. Unreal. This young lady’s story is powerful. Moving. I’m telling you that this program had me fighting back tears like I hadn’t done since Augustus McRae died in Lonesome Dove. When it was done, a senior boy and I held doors open as other students left the auditorium. He looked at me and said, “Mr. Kelln, I haven’t ever seen this many tough kids crying.” I just kind of nodded in agreement. (probably because I was close to being added to his list.)
The program tells the story of Columbine and Rachel Scott. It also ties it all to bullying prevention. The basis of the program comes from her words in an essay written by her, shortly before her death. “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
If you are a parent, this program will get to you. It obviously reaches kids. It isn’t religious, but it dang sure acknowledges GOD and a higher power. And it is pretty hard for somebody not to acknowledge a greater good when hearing this story. This deal also hit kind of close to home as Duke and I have been having numerous discussions about making the right decisions. (Of course, he calls them Ass Chewings) Either way, this program helped a dad put an exclamation point on an ass chewing. And it made for a great conversation on our way home today. Put a price tag on those kind of moments. You can’t.
Look it up. Google it. But you really need to see the whole deal. If you get a chance to attend one of these, I highly recommend it. And if you need, call me. I’ll gladly tell you some of the stories and key points of this deal. It’s good enough that I forgot about just another hectic day and took up some of the priceless things in life. I hope you all can do the same.