I'm Ashamed For Judging The Boy Who Never Smiled

Anonymous Anonymous in Your Story on 22 August, 2017

 I started working in the city. It’s around 80 kms away from my house. Being from a small town, this is quite the distance for me, so I decided to commute by train.

This was an entirely unique new experience for me.

I met new people every single day. And being an extrovert, I enjoyed the conversations on the journey, more than anything. I would talk to people, listen to stories about their lives. Because of this, I generally greet the usual passengers I meet. Through these journeys, I kept noticing this one boy. He’d get on at the same time as all of us but always looked out of the window, or into his phone.

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He never bothered to greet anyone, or let alone share a smile with the other passengers.

His negativity would astound me. How could someone be so oblivious to the world around them? But he was young, and I blamed it on his attitude and eventually, he drifted out of my mind too. Soon, I was transferred to another city. It was my last day to sit with these passengers who had become great traveling companions to me over time. On this day, a friend of mine came who was sitting next to me, and happened to know the young boy who never smiled at anyone. He waved and I was surprised to see a warm smile light up the boy’s face.

He came over and started talking to him, through sign language.

They communicated like this for a while, before the young boy went back to his seat, to look out the window. I was shocked. No, ashamed.

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My friend told me how that boy was deaf and dumb. I could only nod. I was so, so, terribly wrong about this boy. I assumed that he was arrogant only because I didn’t know his story.

One part of me wanted to go and apologize to him, but the other was too embarrassed.

But there is a lesson to be learned here- one should most definitely not be quick to judge because at the end of the day, everyone has a story that we don’t know about.
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