The school cafeteria can be a daunting place for some children, as not all kids have that special friend they can sit next to.
Finding the right place to sit down is not easy when you don’t have any friends to sit next to. Loneliness is not always something that you choose, sometimes you just don’t meet people that you click with.
This story is an important reminder that we all need to look out for the people sitting alone; the story of Andrew is an important reminder to look out for those kids in need.
Andrew Kirby often sat alone and ate lunch in the school cafeteria. In fact, Andrew had sat alone at lunch every day for four years during middle school.
This was something that worried his mom Kay. Every day she would send a text to her son knowing that he would be eating his lunch alone and playing on his cell phone to pass the time.
He’d spent all of his middle school days eating lunch alone and she was worried about him starting high school. How would it be for her boy? But it turns out she had nothing to worry about.
The first day of his new school would be a day neither of them would forget.
This isn't your typical "First Day of School" post. This is a SHOUT OUT to the Boiling Springs High School Student…
She picked him up on his first day of school hoping that he’d had a good first day, but deep down she worried that he had eaten lunch alone.
Kay wrote in a Facebook post that as soon as Andrew got in the car he said: “Mom, I didn’t eat alone! Some student council members asked me and three others eating alone to come sit with them, and said we could eat with them again tomorrow too!”
Andrew’s mom was overjoyed. After four years, her beloved son had finally escaped sitting alone at lunch. Andrew was really excited to return to school the next day and his mom was so grateful to the big-hearted students who knew that a simple gesture to join them was all it took to change her child’s life for the better.
She took to Facebook to pay homage to the comrades at his new school and wrote the following:
“These students may not have thought this was a big deal, but it was an answer to a prayer and a great encouragement for Andrew. THANK YOU to those students, you made a difference today!”
Andrew loved being part of a group, his mom told Fox Carolina.
“It makes me feel happy that I can eat with people,” he said.
Sometimes a seemingly small gesture can make such a huge difference to another person!
What these teens did for Andrew is such a wonderful example for us all. Please share to spread this important message.