Hi. I’m Jacquie, and I’m a Facebook Video addict. Don’t judge me too fast – you probably are, too. I know this because I’ve done very highly scientific tests to confirm it. I believe that the number of people addicted to social media correlates directly with the number of times I have to honk my horn to remind the car in front of me that a green light means ‘go’ – which is approximately 849 times a week.Why are these things related? Next time you are at a light, look around at all the people in the cars surrounding you. You will be hard pressed to find people who are not looking at their phones. It might be Facebook, it might be Instagram, it might even be that Facebook video of a cat in a dress! The point is that we are all addicted to seeing what other people are doing at all times. Of course, it doesn’t stop there. Facebook has recently become less about people’s lives and more about useless quizzes they take to get “deeper insights into themselves.” By “deeper insights”, I, of course, mean such important things as “learning what type of flower you are”, “what Disney princess should you be?” or “23 ways to tell you were an emergency vehicle in a past life”. You’ve seen them.
The Facebook Video
I’m guilty of watching all of the Facebook Video – not just the ones of cats in dresses – but every other type of time wasting distraction I stumble across. I usually end up asking myself why I just spent 7 minutes I’ll never get back watching a dermatologist extract blackheads from a patient, seriously – have you heard about this? But every once in a great while, in some moments that are few and far between, I am brought to tears by a rare happy piece of media.
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I found a Facebook video today that I watched three times because it was worthy of it and worthy of many more views. This Facebook video talks about a group of fifth-grade boys who possess more strength, courage, and heart than many people three times their age. In its short 2 minutes and 48 seconds, the video shows five boys who have befriended and devoted themselves to defending a bullied classmate with a disability.
Not only do they stand up for him and help him open his snack at lunch or tie his shoes when he asks, but they also simply understand that making fun of someone just because they have a disability is senseless. The boy’s friends appreciate his love and extensive knowledge of sports and have even gotten him to play football outside at recess with them. But, it gets better. When the boys asked him if he liked to play sport centered video games, he said he didn’t have any video game consoles. So, the boys pulled their money together (with a little help from their parents) and bought him a PlayStation. After they had gifted it to him, the video shows the boys huddled up together playing the new games as the narrator stated that this was “the first time friends had ever come over to play with James”. After, James says he has the best group of friends anyone could ever ask for.
I agree with him.
You know, I’ve always rooted for the underdog. I know a lot of us do. But this is an especially sweet and fantastic story of friendship and kindness. Not only do these boys stand by James, but they help to build his confidence, and that takes extra work for many people with disabilities to achieve. It isn’t every day that you can be humbled by a group of fifth graders, but I think this video affords us the opportunity. Offering friendship and love can change someone. It can bring people out of dark places or for a kid with a disability, it can pull them out of their shell. The smile on James’ face is contagious because you can feel the happiness in him. You have the power to turn things around for people; you just have to be there for them.
If you take the time to watch any Facebook Video that litter your feed today, look at this one. It won’t be time wasted, but instead 2 minutes and 48 seconds of the kind of happiness that you can only see when a kid’s life is changed in the best possible way.