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Classmates Mock Boy Who Shares Lunches with Street Girl, They See Her Getting Out of SUV Later – Story of the Day

Preeti Pillai
Sep 19, 2022
06:50 P.M.

Jack found joy in sharing his lunch with a homeless girl, and he didn't pay heed to the group of boys who mocked him for it. Something incredible happened a few weeks later that left the boys speechless.

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You could make Jack the most nutritious, most delicious sandwich for lunch. But like many other ten-year-olds, his favorite would still be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

He loved it so much that his mother always packed him one along with his regular lunch. And he saved that beloved sandwich until the end of the school day, enjoying it in small, savory bites on his leisurely walk home.

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One such afternoon, Jack noticed a scene on the road that broke his happy, carefree bubble.

A girl about Jack's age was sitting alone on the sidewalk a few steps ahead. In the chilly weather, the girl sat still from head to toe, except for the locks of her hair that danced with the breeze.

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"Hi, my name is Jack," the boy said, stretching out his hand for a handshake. "Are you okay?"

Something about the sincere handshake made her smile through her gloom.

Raise your children to be kind to each other.

"Hi, I'm Lisa. My friend's mother usually brings me some food from the kitchen where she works. But she got fired two days ago, and since then, I've barely eaten anything…" Lisa said, trying not to look at the sandwich in Jack's hand. Jack noticed this, and his heart melted at the girl's plight.

Usually, Jack was not one for sharing his food, especially not a perfect sandwich that had two generous layers of strawberry jam and crunchy peanut butter. But with Lisa, he did not even realize when his hand had extended towards her, offering her the snack.

"Here, you can have this. I only took two bites," Jack said.

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Lisa hesitated, but Jack sensed it was only out of politeness.

"Try it; it's a peanut butter jelly sandwich. You're going to love it! And besides, my tummy is already too full," Jack lied.

Lisa took a bite of the sandwich, almost involuntarily closed her eyes, and hummed with gratitude and satisfaction.

Jack sat next to Lisa as she finished the rest of the sandwich slowly. He was happy to help his new friend, but he knew that just one-half of a sandwich won't be enough for Lisa.

The next day at school, Jack decided to skip eating lunch during recess. He distracted himself from the growls in his tummy by taking a walk around the school and drinking big gulps of water.

"Jelly Boy here has a new friend, guys!" one of the backbenchers said mockingly as Jack returned to the classroom. "I saw him sharing his sandwich with some girl on the street."

"That's right," another mocking voice added. "Nobody in school wants to be his friend, so he's making friends with random people off the street now!"

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"Will you be my best friend, pretty please? I'll give you my sandwich!" The boys enacted their mean joke and couldn't stop laughing.

The mean comment didn't hurt Jack as much as the boys expected. So they kept trying to tease him a little more every day, waiting to see Jack lose his cool.

But every day, despite the mocking, Jack would meet Lisa on the sidewalk and share his saved-up lunch with her. Soon, they became close friends, and Jack found out about how she became homeless after her parents died.

Since then, Lisa had been living in an old parking lot with a friend's mother who wasn't very caring at all. It hurt Jack to imagine the difficult life Lisa was living, and he would often pray for her right before going to bed.

One night, Jack's teary-eyed prayers were interrupted by his mother.

"Baby, what's wrong? Whatever is going on, Jack, you can tell me."

Jack told his mother Sylvia about his new friend, how she was homeless and hungry, and how he had lunch with her every day after school. He left out the part about being bullied at school. He didn't want his mother to worry unnecessarily.

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Sylvia was moved by her son's kind intentions, so the next day, she packed an extra lunch for the little girl.

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"Your mom is a very kind person. You're so lucky, Jack!" Lisa was surprised by the kindness of the woman who hadn't even met her yet.

Back at school, Jack's classmates were shaken that the mockery still had no effect on him and that he now had more than enough food to offer Lisa.

Annoyed by how happy Jack suddenly was, one of the boys decided to sneak Jack's lunchbox away and hide it.

"Please, tell me where my lunchbox is. I'm hungry, and Lisa will be waiting for the food after school. Please, friends, tell me where you've hidden my lunchbox."

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The boys winked and grinned at each other but denied knowing anything about Jack's lunch.

That day, Jack felt like he had failed Lisa. Not just because he hadn't found the lunchbox, but because he couldn't stop the boys from bullying him around.

"That's alright, Jack. Go home. I'll be alright today."

Jack wiped his tears and turned to leave, but he just couldn't walk away, knowing that Lisa would probably have to go to bed hungry.

"No, it's my fault. You shouldn't go hungry because of my mistake. Walk with me. We'll eat together at my home today."

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Lisa thought about it, and more than the food, she was excited at the possibility of meeting Jack's incredible mother.

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'She's so amazing! She's kind, she makes the best lasagna, and I Iove her warm hug! If only...' Lisa made a wish in her heart and sighed.

Meanwhile, Sylvia fed the children and heard their stories. She made room for Lisa to comfortably spend the night. She kissed her goodbye, and looking at the glint of sadness in the girl's eyes, she made a decision.

"So, Jack, you don't have to worry about Lisa anymore." His mother sounded enthusiastic over breakfast the following morning.

"I've already spoken to my friends who work at the best children's shelter in the city. They're willing to take Lisa in!

"Lisa, darling, you will be in excellent hands. You have nothing to worry about anymore." Sylvia kissed the girl on the cheek and smiled.

Sylvia also thought that Jack looked a little upset, but she didn't understand why.

It was true. Jack was upset, even though he knew that Lisa was now living a much better life at the shelter. It had been a week since Lisa was taken in. That also meant that it had been a week since Jack had seen Lisa. The little boy wanted the best for her, but he missed her terribly.

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'Should I tell mom I miss Lisa? Should I ask to go meet her?' Jack thought to himself but did not have the heart to ask Sylvia, who had already done a lot for the girl. But Sylvia had observed her son's gloominess closely enough to know what was in his heart.

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On one of the dull afternoons after school, Jack was dragging his feet towards the school exit gate. For the first time in his life, he didn't feel like eating the peanut butter jelly sandwich that was neatly packed in his bag.

Just then, he saw a familiar car pull up at the gate. It was a black SUV, and he recognized it as his mother's car.

'Why would mom come to pick me up from school today?' Jack thought as he paced towards the car.

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"Oh no, Jelly Boy's mom is here to pick him up. Someone's in a lot of trouble!" Jack's classmates hooted mockingly and laughed.

Jack was so focused on trying to read his mother's expression from afar that he jolted when he saw the passenger seat door open suddenly.

Jack and his classmates were curious to see who was going to get out of the car. And none of them expected it to be—

"Wait… isn't this the same girl from the street? The homeless girl?” One of the boys muttered to the others in shock.

"Lisa! Oh my God, Lisa! What a lovely surprise! I missed you!" Jack was thrilled to see his best friend again. She looked different in her well-combed hair and new clothes.

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Later that evening, Sylvia sat down with the kids and broke the most incredible news to Jack.

"I sensed you were upset with Lisa gone. And when I went to check in on her, I thought she would be happy there. But it turns out she was missing you terribly, too. And you know all I want is for you kids to be happy. So…" Sylvia paused for dramatic effect, but Lisa just couldn't wait to spill the beans.

"So your mom decided to adopt me!" the little girl screamed with excitement.

Jack couldn't believe what he was hearing.

"It's true! I'm your sister now! I'll be living with you from now on. Don't worry, you'll still have your bed. And I won't sneak a bite from your sandwiches anymore…" Lisa chuckled as she hugged her newfound family.

Jack and Lisa's bond grew stronger, and Lisa was also admitted to the same school as him. While the story of Lisa's adoption and Jack's kindness spread and garnered love and appreciation from a lot of teachers and fellow students, the boys who mocked Jack found themselves speechless with guilt and shame.

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"We're sorry for bullying you and teasing you about helping Lisa, Jack! We were really mean to you," the boys finally apologized to Jack one day.

"That's alright," Jack smiled. "Come, join us for lunch!"

What can we learn from this story?

  • Raise your children to be kind to each other. This world could use a lot more little Jacks who act with kindness and care towards those less fortunate than them. We need hearts that choose kindness even when it is met with mockery and criticism.
  • There is no small way to be kind. Despite being a little boy, Jack found his own simple way to help out a homeless girl in need. If he hadn't, she wouldn't have ended up being a part of a new happy family.

Share this story with your friends. It might brighten their day and inspire them.

If you enjoyed this story, you might like this one about another young boy who shared his lunch with a girl, and she had a big surprise waiting for him the next day.

This piece is inspired by stories from the everyday lives of our readers and written by a professional writer. Any resemblance to actual names or locations is purely coincidental. All images are for illustration purposes only. Share your story with us; maybe it will change someone's life. If you would like to share your story, please send it to info@amomama.com.

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