Read this Twitter thread, cry for a minute, and then go spread some kindness like Thomas did
There will never be enough kindness in the world. No matter how much there is, there’s just always room for more, and more kindness is always better. Unfortunately, though, we don’t always act accordingly. I know I had a particularly Mondayish Monday yesterday, and my bad attitude meant I thought a lot about myself and very little about others.
That’s normal. It’s human nature to tend to put yourself and your own time and feelings first. But imagine how much kinder the world would be if we all made a little bit more of a conscious effort not to do that. Imagine how much kinder the world would be if we were all like Thomas McFall, a student from Ohio, who got a little wakeup call from the universe about stopping thinking about himself and being a little kinder.
In a viral Twitter thread, McFall described the immigrant student who sits next to him every day in one of his classes. This classmate struggles with broken English, McFall explained, and always stacks his belongings on the desk and seat McFall likes to sit in. As you can imagine, McFall found this annoying.
Hey guys, I know I usually just post shitty jokes on my Twitter but bear with me because I wanted to share something.
So in one of my Management classes I sit in the same seat in the front every day. Every single day I sit there.
Now, I also sit next to some foreign guy that
— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
barely speaks English. The most advanced thing I've heard this guy say in English is "Wow, my muffin is really good".— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
This guy also has a habit of stacking every item he owns in the exact space I sit. His bag, his food, his books, and his phone are ALWAYS right on my desk space.
Every day when McFall arrives for class, his classmate greets him and clears off his desk, he continued. Still, he wondered why, knowing McFall was on his way, this other student continued to put his stuff on that desk and seat every. Damn. Day.
Now, every single time I walk into class this guy says "Ah, Tom. You here. Okay." And starts frantically clearing my desk of his belongings. He then makes it a habit to say "Ready for class, yeah?" And gives me a high five. Every day this guy gives me a high five.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
I was ALWAYS annoyed with this guy. I'm thinking "Dude, you know I sit in this seat every day. Why are you always stacking your shit here? And the last thing I want to do is give a guy who barely speaks my language high fives at 8 in the morning"— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
Just get your shit off my desk
Of course there’s a reason. And it’s going to make you cry. Got the tissues handy?
But today I came to class and was running a few minutes late. I'm standing outside because I had to send a quick text. I could see my usual space through the door out of the corner of my eye. Of course, my desk was filled with his belongings. The usual.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
As I'm standing there on my phone another guy who was also late walks into the class before me and tried to take my seat since it's closest to the door.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
The guy sitting next to me stops this dude from sitting down and says "I'm sorry. My good friend Thomas sits here."
It was then that I realized this guy wasn't putting stuff on my seat to annoy me. He was saving me the seat every morning.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
And this whole time he saw me as a friend but I was too busy thinking about myself to take him into consideration.
Cheesy as it sounds, I was touched.
Of course that’s not the whole story. After realizing that he had been a big, irritable jerk this whole time, McFall decided he should stop doing that and be a better person. So he and his new friend went out for some lunch.
I ended up going into class and of course he cleared the seat and said "Ah, Tom. You here. Okay." And I did get a high five.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
At the end of class I ended up asking him if he wanted to get a bite to eat with me. We did. And we talked for a while. I got through the broken English
The guy moved here from the Middle East to pursue a college education in America. He plans to go back after he gets his degree. He's got two kids and a wife. He works full time and sends his all his left over money back home to his wife.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
I asked him how he liked America as well. He said he misses his family but it's exciting to be here. He also said "Not every American is nice to me like you are, Tom."— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
I bought lunch, of course. Dude deserves it. He gave me a high five for buying lunch. Gotta keep up tradition.
McFall wrapped up his story with this life lesson that we all need to be reminded of sometimes:
Moral of the story? Don't do what I do and constantly only think about yourself. It took me nearly the entire semester to get my head out of my ass and realize this guy was just trying to be my friend. Better late than never I suppose.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
It’s OK. Take a moment and cry this one out. That’s what the entire internet has had to do after reading this story.
This made me tear up. You honestly never know how much you mean to someone or their back story until you give them the shot of being a friend of yours. 😭❤️— lauren (@beylaurenxo) April 14, 2018
I’m not crying. You’re crying!— Pam & Minnie (@DittiePE) April 15, 2018
What a beautiful story...made me teary. Those kinds of life lessons are everywhere if we just open our eyes and pay attention.— 🌊Lisa Martin🌊💙🏳️🌈🇺🇸 (@SherakMartin) April 15, 2018
Also, one person who replied had this amazing idea:
Can you find out how we can help Tom and his family? Kids need clothes or shoes? Wife need money? Does he wanna go home and visit or have his family come visit America? When you have time can you find out? Please?— East Coast Lil Thot (@_Neeeeeccceee_) April 13, 2018
*Author refreshes Twitter every few minutes hoping for an answer because she would do anything for this guy and his family*
McFall’s story is heartwarming, but it’s also important to note that what he did isn’t all that hard or out of reach for any of us. He just showed a little extra kindness to someone in the periphery of his life. We can all do that, and make the world a little bit kinder.