My family had an old tradition of visiting Hampton Beach in New Hampshire at the peak of summer with another family that I grew up with. As a child, this was a day I looked forward to; the long walks on the Boardwalk, the small beaded chokers that I was for some reason obsessed with, the half-built sandcastles, and perhaps the most exciting of all, the seashells we would spend hours wandering the shoreline looking for. It was doing this last activity that was what got me in trouble. When I was around four years old, I was searching for the little colorful husks, completely immersed with my eyes glued to the sand. It was only when I found one and turned to show it to Mom that I realized that I was alone. Alone, as in surrounded by hundreds of strangers and no one I knew in sight. Now, if you have ever been lost as a child, you will agree with me when I say that this is one of the most frightening things that could ever happen to you.
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[Photo: Grace Safford, YWP Photo Library]Write about a kindness you have witnessed or heard about. What impact does it have? OR write about an act of kindness you would like to see or be part of.