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Our schools could use a whole lot more of this kind of problem solving.

from Metropolitan Diary

DEAR DIARY:

One morning in Brooklyn on the Jay Street subway platform, I stood waiting for the train and watching families returning from church in their Sunday best.

Through the crowd came a very tall woman in a big yellow hat. She was holding the hand of a man who appeared to be her son. She looked to be in her 60s and he in his 30s. The man appeared to be developmentally disabled, and they walked slowly.

Suddenly, the man began to have an attack of some kind. He was convulsing and yelling. People began to stare and step away.

With not a moment̢۪s pause, the woman calmly took in a long, deep breath and, pulling her son̢۪s head to her chest, began to sing the most beautiful gospel song. As she swayed back and forth, her son was comforted and became quiet.

The crowed gathered until she was done, and applause broke out at the end. I will never forget the moment, her incredible voice and the inspiring way to turn an upsetting moment completely around.
--Rebekah Brooks

— Metropolitan Diary
New York Times


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