Beth was smaller than the other children in her class. In fact she was smaller than most of the children in her one-teacher rural school. It was embarrassing that some of the five and six year-olds were taller. Even her own sister, who was two years younger than she was, and had just started school, was wellas tall.
Barry, a large red headed boy in her class, teased her, but not unkindly. He often called her Shorty or Little-un. She didn't like him much. He was too big and he always seemed to be there. And it is as well he was, when a ferret-faced sixth class boy, who had forgotten his lunch, decided to have Beth's instead.
'She don't need it,' he sneered. 'Doesn't look as though she eats anyway.' He held Beth's lunch box out of her pleading reach.
Other children gathered around but none was brave enough to attack the bully, verbally or physically, until Barry coming from nowhere launched himself at him, clutching his legs and landing him like a sack of potatoes on the ground. Beth's lunch flew into the air and Barry, deftly catching it, bowed and presented to her.
Years passed, and although Beth and Barry went to different high schools they tended to move in the same circles, share many of the same friends. Barry no longer called Beth Shorty, but now said she was petite. She rather liked this. She rather liked Barry and Barry was realizing that he more than just liked Beth. They wrote to each other when Barry went to Agriculture College and went out together whenever he came home. They didn't bother much with their friends; they liked to be alone.
It was on a lovely sunny afternoon, when they were walking through the park, that they met Ferret-face. Seeing their clasped hands, he sniggered.
'Still protecting Shorty from the world, eh Barry.'
Barry saw red, but this time Ferret- face was ready, and took off like greased lightning.
Beth grasped Barry's arm. 'Let him go. Im not worried. Anyway I'm not short. I'm petite.' She laughed as she looked up at Barry.
Barry put his arms around her and hugged her close. 'Of course you are and I love you. I think I've always loved you. Beth do you . . . ?
Beth wriggled free.
Of course I love you. I can't imagine life without you.'
'But Beth,' He stammered a little. 'I mean like, do you love me enough to marry me?'
'Of course I will. After all 'one good turn deserves another.' She giggled, but the ardour of her kiss left no room for doubt in Barry's mind.
© Colleen McMillan
When someone does you a good deed, you must never forget it. You must look out for the opportunity to do a good deed to that person. If you do not get that opportunity then you must pass on the good deed to someone else. It is quite a strange fact of life, that a good deed done to another always bring some kind of reward to the person who has done the good deed. Hence you must always return good with good.
People go throughout their day encountering random acts of kindness in many various ways. Whether it is simply acknowledging someone who walks right past you by saying hello and smiling, or just holding the door open for someone entering behind you, kindness is everywhere. However, there are also certain people who do not openly express their kindness to others. For example, take the driver who suddenly and abruptly cuts you off when changing lanes; even though you would like to tailgate him all the way to his house to make him angry, “one good turn, deserves another.” Let the driver go, and carry on with your day. In return, the driver may feel sorry for his or her actions and perhaps one day, when you extremely need to craft a massive 5 lane change manoeuvre, someone will let you go.
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him has always preached the philosophy “Always be kind to others” to his Ummah. Once he said, “He who is deprived of kindness is deprived of goodness.” Even if others may not behave in a benevolent manner towards you, always respond with kindness.
A favour in return for a favour
That is what any man will do
A favour in return for an evil
That is what a manly man will do
Sometimes, people may be astonished by your response and feel obliged to do the same to others. In addition to it, a touch of satisfaction lies in performing good to others.