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Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition [Excerpt]

Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition [Excerpt]

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The twentieth anniversary edition of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul is brimming with even more hope and inspiration—the stories you’ve always loved, plus bonus stories!

Twenty years later, Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to open the heart and rekindle the spirit. Celebrate the twentieth anniversary with the classic book that inspired millions—reinvigorated with bonus stories of inspiration! You will find hope and inspiration in these 101 heartwarming stories about counting your blessings, thinking positive, and overcoming challenges.
The twentieth anniversary edition of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul is brimming with even more hope and inspiration—the stories you’ve always loved, plus bonus stories!

Twenty years later, Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to open the heart and rekindle the spirit. Celebrate the twentieth anniversary with the classic book that inspired millions—reinvigorated with bonus stories of inspiration! You will find hope and inspiration in these 101 heartwarming stories about counting your blessings, thinking positive, and overcoming challenges.

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All the Good Things
: On Learning 177
All the Good Things
 A kind word is like a spring day.
~
Russian Proverb
H
e was in the third-grade class I taught at Saint Mary’sSchool in Morris, Minnesota. All 34 o my studentswere dear to me, but Mark Eklund was one in a mil-lion. Very neat in appearance, he had that happy-to-be-alive attitude that made even his occasional mischievousnessdelightul.Mark also talked incessantly. I tried to remind him again andagain that talking without permission was not acceptable. Whatimpressed me so much, though, was the sincere response every timeI had to correct him or misbehaving. “Thank you or correcting me,Sister!” I didn’t know what to make o it at frst but beore long Ibecame accustomed to hearing it many times a day.One morning my patience was growing thin when Mark talkedonce too oten. I made a novice-teacher’s mistake. I looked at Markand said, “I you say one more word, I am going to tape your mouthshut!”It wasn’t 10 seconds later when Chuck blurted out, “Mark istalking again.” I hadn’t asked any o the students to help me watchMark, but since I had stated the punishment in ront o the class, Ihad to act on it.I remember the scene as i it had occurred this morning. I walkedto my desk, very deliberately opened the drawer and took out a roll
 
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o masking tape. Without saying a word, I proceeded to Mark’s desk,tore o two pieces o tape and made a big X with them over hismouth. I then returned to the ront o the room. As I glanced at Mark to see how he was doing, he winked at me.That did it! I started laughing. The entire class cheered as I walkedback to Mark’s desk, removed the tape and shrugged my shoulders.His rst words were, “Thank you or correcting me, Sister.” At the end o the year I was asked to teach junior high math. Theyears few by, and beore I knew it Mark was in my classroom again.He was more handsome than ever and just as polite. Since he had tolisten careully to my instruction in the “new math,” he did not talkas much in ninth grade.One Friday things just didn’t eel right. We had worked hard ona new concept all week, and I sensed that the students were growingrustrated with themselves and edgy with one another. I had tostop this crankiness beore it got out o hand. So I asked them to listthe names o the other students in the room on two sheets o paper,leaving a space between each name. Then I told them to think o thenicest thing they could say about each o their classmates and writeit down.It took the remainder o the class period to nish the assign-ment, but as the students let the room, each one handed me theirpaper. Chuck smiled. Mark said, “Thank you or teaching me, Sister.Have a good weekend.”That Saturday, I wrote down the name o each student on a sepa-rate sheet o paper, and I listed what everyone else had said aboutthat individual. On Monday I gave each student his or her list. Someo them ran two pages. Beore long, the entire class was smiling.“Really?” I heard whispered. “I never knew that meant anything toanyone!” “I didn’t know others liked me so much!”No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. I never knewi they discussed them ater class or with their parents, but it didn’tmatter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The studentswere happy with themselves and one another again.That group o students moved on. Several years later, ater I had

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