The most important lesson I’ve learned in my life…

The most important lesson I've learned in my life…

A writer from Kyrgyzstan, Akilej Bajmatova, shared her adventure from public transport on the Internet and touched people around the world.

I am transmitting it in its entirety:

– The most important lesson I learned in my life, I learned from a child. It was on one occasion while I was riding public transportation.

The boy, about six years old, was furious next to his mother, who was sitting by the window and looking outside, with a completely empty expression on her face. She did not react at all to the child’s screams. The child was constantly pulling her by the sleeve, screaming and whining. The woman just silently watched the rain outside. However, the child persistently asked for something and refused to give up. Suddenly, all of a sudden, the woman winced, pushed his hand away, and shouted,

– What do you want from me?!

The child stopped.

– I’m asking you nicely, WHAT DO YOU WANT? Do you know who you are? You are nobody! Do you understand? No one! – she practically rubbed his face.

The boy looked at her silently, it seemed to me that his head was shaking. And maybe I was shaking too. I felt sweaty. I remember wondering who that woman was really addressing because she certainly didn’t ask those questions seriously to the boy. I also know that I planned to get up and scream at her that she is a worthless mother and that she just killed her son.

However, while I was getting ready to do that, a boy, a student in a denim jacket, approached the boy. He took a bar of chocolate out of his pocket. He took the boy by the hand and said, “Take it, this is for you”.

The boy took it without a word. And then the student took out another bar of chocolate. The boy hesitated, but he took her too.

The most important lesson I've learned in my life…

And then, what happened still brings tears to my eyes.

The boy did not open the chocolates. Instead, he took his mother’s hand. She didn’t turn her whole body towards him, but she turned her head a little, very nervous. She probably wanted to keep shouting. However, then she saw that the boy was offering her chocolate.

She looked at him, she was amazed. The boy put chocolate in her hand.

“I don’t want her”, she told him.

The two chocolates were still in the child’s hand. He didn’t put it away.

“You eat them … I really won’t”, said the mother, much more gently.

However, the boy put one chocolate bar on her lap.

I will never forget that moment and that maturity. That six-year-old boy instantly transformed into a man, and she went from an angry woman to a wonderful, young mother.

She was silent for a long time and watched him, as if seeing him for the first time, and then she hugged him. And he hugged her. Then he took the chocolate bar from her lap, opened it, and gave it to her. He didn’t want to start eating hers until he saw that she had started eating hers.

I sat, watched them, and talked to myself.

– Here, you great savior who wanted to get up and shout at your mother, to humiliate her, to insult her in front of everyone. She would do that and achieve nothing, except a scandal that would entertain others and an insult that the mother would pour out on someone. And that boy did everything much better than you, who are so much older and supposedly wiser. He didn’t just offer the child two chocolates – I thought to myself, admiring that young man and the child’s reaction.

The ride continued, the young man got out and the mother and son sat embracing. I came down too. I thought a lot about that day and it took me a long time to figure out what that lesson was. I finally understood it recently – you teach others by example. You don’t teach them by yelling at them, beating them, and insulting them. It only helps to set an example, nothing else. And that little boy showed his mother his example and changed it, and all of us were on the bus.

The most important lesson I've learned in my life…


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