Valentine’s Day is typically a lighthearted time when friends and family alike express their love for one another. In primary school, children often exchange little cards or cookies.
It’s a cute tradition. But sometimes, those expectations of big-hearted expressions of friendship and love turn don’t turn out the way they ought to.
For one middle-school girl, Valentine’s Day turned out to be a horrific experience. At least it was until a family friend stepped in.
Aislinn, in Sabina, Ohio, is a 12-year-old middle schooler. She stayed up late into the night on Feb. 13, baking four dozen cookies for her entire class.
The morning of Valentine’s Day, she began eagerly passing out the cookies. Sadly, she did not receive a single Valentine in return.
Mournfully getting on the bus at the end of the school day, she stumbled on the step. A boy on the bus yelled out, “Don’t fall. We’ll have an earthquake.”
As she shuffled down the aisle and took a seat on the bus, a girl proceeded to harass her by using profanity and telling her she did not receive any Valentines because she was overweight. The cruelty of children can be astounding.
Aislinn went home and told her mom, Kristin, that Valentine’s Day was the worst day of school ever, and that she never wanted to go to school on that day ever again.
Kristin called Abby Howell, her best friend, and relayed the story amid tears for her daughter’s pain. Howell empathized with her, and then shared the story with her own family that night.
Howell is the mother to a 15-year-old named Isaiah. The two families have known each other for years, and Isaiah was deeply hurt for his friend Aislinn.
He was so concerned, in fact, that he decided to do something about it. Isaiah is home-schooled, and created a plan with his mom to lift Aislinn’s spirits.
On Feb. 15, Isaiah walked around Aislinn’s school carrying a teddy bear that was almost as tall as he is, a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolate.
Howell filmed the entire thing, and they had to search the lunchroom for quite a bit before they found her!
Aislinn was completely shocked and overwhelmed. “Aislinn is still on cloud nine. Our families have always been close and we all love each other very much and cannot stand for the hurt that was caused to Aislinn,” Howell explained.
Isaiah was a very good friend to Aislinn. She is very blessed to be surrounded by people who love her and can lift her up in difficult moments like Valentine’s Day was for her.
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