“EXTRACT: ‘Kindness is a small thing.’ She picked up the stone. ‘You can go through a whole day without it, you can miss it and just not see it, or you can accept it and tuck it away.’ She slid it into his top coat pocket, just below the collar. It rolled out through a hole in the seam and onto the floor. They both reached down to pick it up. He reached it first. ‘Oh dear, that’s not good. You haven’t accepted kindness, Mr Bill. You need to hold on to it. Hold on to every piece that you find.’ He nodded, wondering how he had missed the hole. He hadn’t seen much kindness in his life. Not in the back of the car, while his parents screamed at each other, then at him, when he asked for water. Not on the very first day of school, when the round boy had taken his bag and thrown it over the fence. Not at the office, when his job was on the line and each person guarded their turf like an animal. Not on the day when his wife walked out. You’re useless, she had yelled from the path at the end of the garden. He remembered her saying something about him being weak and ineffective. He often felt weak and ineffective, but he had managed to hide it from most people, people who didn’t know him so well – clients, the bank manager, the postman.‘Mr Bill, can I say something?’ She looked puzzled.‘Yes,’ he said.‘You seem sad. I suggest you patch up your pocket so you can hold on to kindness. When it comes to you, I mean.’ He didn’t own a thing, not even a thread. ‘They learn how to sew in Scouts or Guides, or wherever you go to learn things. Mum calls them life skills, I think it’s a waste of time. I like to read. My parents don’t like books, but it’s where I learn things. You won’t tell them, will you Mr Bill? They’re tucked away under my mattress. Sssh.’ She put a delicate forefinger up to her mouth and shook her head. He glanced over at her parents. They seemed oblivious to their little girl sitting on a bench next to an old man.”
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