He didn’t want to go to school. Not a surprise, since the “I’m done with school” mood usually starts in February and it’s now APRIL, which means the mood has been brewing for a full two months. I’ve tried to cheer him up, pointing out all the great stuff about school (i.e. recess, Thursday pizza day, recess, twelve-year-old girls, recess). Nada. His rotten mood is firmly ensconced, which, I might add, is rather annoying.

Determined, I tried something different when dropping him off at the curb:

“Make someone’s day.”

He didn’t expect that. He thought I’d say “Have a good day” for the millionth time, after which he’d roll his eyes for the millionth time. I had his attention.

“Someone needs you to make their day. Find them. Sitting by themselves at lunch or hiding behind a tree at recess. Look for one person. And then say or do something to make their day. They’re counting on you.”

For the first time in weeks, he eyes sparkled. He still didn’t want to go to school, but now he had a project. His own little “Mission Impossible.” With three simple words, he moved out of the center of the universe and a yet-unknown face entered in. Before the end of the day, that face had a name … Mark. And (YES!!!!) Mark’s day was made by a 12-year-old who took the time to notice.

If pre-pubescent boy who can’t pick up his underwear can leave a “mark” on someone’s day, SO CAN YOU. Are you hearing me? There’s someone who needs you. Regardless of what kind of crappy day you’re having, you can start to change it by affecting someone else’s.

Are you game? Then leave a first name or initials in the comments. I’ll even go first.

I’m counting on you … because a twelve-year-old is coming home from school in a few hours and when he does, I’m showing him the list.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll make his day.

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