It's time to talk about frozen yogurt! Some people love frozen yogurt. I am not one of those people. In my opinion, if you're going to enjoy a dessert, you might as well get the real thing. However, there is some really good frozen yogurt out there, and I found it at Pinkberry.
I went to the Pinkberry in Wellesley, Massachusetts, but there are stores nationwide. My intention was to get some frozen yogurt for one of my kids, but while there, I decided to try a sample of the Salted Caramel. "Why is this so good?" I exclaimed to the counter salesperson. I did not expect it to be so good. So of course, I had to order some, and I topped it with dark chocolate shavings and strawberries. It was very cold, very creamy, and very caramel, with just a hint of saltiness. The dark chocolate was a perfect match for the caramel flavor, and the strawberries were a nice juicy addition. Pinkberry is great because they have a variety of fresh toppings which are served by the sales clerks behind the counter. Unlike most frozen yogurt places, where you get your yogurt out of a dispenser on the wall, and then move on to a mess of toppings that everyone else is digging into, the process at Pinkberry is very civilized and very streamlined. The sales clerks get the yogurt for you and add all of the toppings, which are very neatly laid out behind the counter. Everything looks very fresh and tastes very fresh. I also tried Pinkberry's Hot Chocolate flavor, which actually did taste like a very cold and creamy version of hot chocolate. I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed my frozen yogurt experience.
I have a story to tell, and the person who originally shared it with me is a huge fan of frozen yogurt. I share it today in honor of this person, and in honor of those who have the courage to stand up for others.
A new girl in school decided to draw a picture for a classmate in her fifth grade class. She brought it to school and presented it to her classmate, who looked at it and for some reason, started passing it around the classroom. As it made the rounds, other classmates drew on it, added things to it, and reduced it to something much less than it had been. At the end of class, the defaced picture was thoughtlessly left on a desk. The new girl saw it on the desk, picked it up, and looked at it. She then awkwardly announced, to no one in particular, "Does anyone want this?"
One student in that class realized what had happened. One student watched someone else experience rejection and embarrassment. And one student, just one, did something about it. I want it, said that student. The student took it from the girl, put it in a backpack, and brought it home.
Bullying and unkindness will probably always be a part of school, and of life. Despite the lectures and programs and various efforts, unkindness unfortunately remains. But every student, every person, has the power to be the one who sees someone else's sadness and does something. It's not just limited to the classroom and it's not just limited to kids. Unkindness abounds, but we can meet it head on, teach our kids to do the same, and be that one person who cares. It takes courage to be that one person. But it's worth it.
It can make all the difference in the world.
Have a good week.