How an Act of Kindness Can Provide a Glimpse Into the Nature of Immortality

We spend our lives scattering seeds on a barren landscape in the desperate hope that some of them might survive

Walter Rhein
On Reflection
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8 min readJun 7, 2024

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Our school bus driver was named Harold. I know because the older kids used to yell it at him.

“Did you like that Harold? What’s the matter Harold? What are you going to do about it Harold?”

My memories of riding the bus have largely deteriorated over time, but I remember a few things.

I remember flashing teeth.

Passing through the inward-outward door of the school bus was like walking into a kennel. Except, it was more brutal than a kennel because dogs have limits. When a dog yelps, the attacker knows to stop.

The older boys might as well have been adults to me. Their behavior illustrated the very worst aspects of human nature. And yet, within that harsh environment I learned a lesson about kindness which I would never forget.

The cruelty of boys

I used to have to find my resolve to go up the bus steps. I know now that I should have refused. I should have just walked home, or not gone home at all. Instead, I submitted to those greasy steps wet…

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Walter Rhein
On Reflection

I have 10+ years experience as a certified English and Physics teacher. 20+ years of experience as an editor, journalist, blogger and novelist.