when I was a freshman in high
I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school.
His name was Kyle.
It looked like he was carrying all of his books.
I thought to myself, 'Why would anyone bring home all his
books on a Friday?
He must really be a nerd.'
I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with
my friends tomorrow afternoon),
so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.
As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him.
They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and
tripping him so he landed in the dirt.
His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about
ten feet from him...
He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes
My heart went out to him.
So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around
looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.
As I handed him his glasses, I said, 'Those guys are
They really should get lives.
He looked at me and said, 'Hey thanks!'
There was a big smile on his face.
It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.
I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he
As it turned out he lived near me so I asked him why I had
never seen him before.
He said he had gone to private school before now.
I would have never hung out with a private school kid
We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his
He turned out to be a pretty cool kid.
I asked him if he wanted to play a little football
with my friends.
He said yes.
We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the
more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.
Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of
I stopped him and said, 'Boy, you are gunna really build
some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!'
He just laughed and handed me half the books.
Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends.
When we were seniors we began to think about college
Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke.
I knew that we would always be friends that the miles would
never be a problem.
He was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on a
Kyle was valedictorian of our class.
I teased him all the time about being a nerd.
He had to prepare a speech for graduation.
I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and
Graduation day, I saw Kyle.
He looked great.
He was one of those guys that really found himself during high
He filled out and actually looked good in glasses.
He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him.
Boy, sometimes I was jealous!
Today was one of those days.
I could see that he was nervous about his speech.
So, I smacked him on the back and said, 'Hey, big guy,
you'll be great!'
He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful
one) and smiled.
'Thanks', he said.
As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and
'Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it
through those tough years.
Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a
but mostly your friends...
I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is
the best gift you can give them.
I am going to tell you a story.'
I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the
first day we met.
He had planned to kill himself over the weekend.
He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom
wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff
He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.
'Thankfully, I was saved.
My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.'
I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular
told us all about his weakest moment
I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same
Not until that moment did I realize its depth.
Never underestimate the power of your actions..
With one small gesture you can change a person's life.
for better or for worse ♡