Hear a serendipitous tale of blossoming community spirit in this week’s edition of MOTH Monday, a partnership with Good News Network that features inspiring videos from The MOTH, a nonprofit group showcasing the art of storytelling.
After a boy became tired of classmates in his public school making fun of his ethnic lunches, his ebullient mom decided to do something about it.
Tom Nimen and his brother and sister were attending a nearly-all-white school in Canton, Ohio in the 1960s.
He came home one day and stunned his parents by asking if she could please pack his lunch with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, instead of the Middle Eastern food that ended up embarrassing him. His siblings piped up and said they also wanted the Wonder Bread sandwiches with apples.
A week later at school Tom’s teacher announced that none of the students should bring their lunches or lunch money tomorrow.
“Unbeknownst to me, the next day, in comes my mother…”
“She was an artist. She dressed like an artist. She spoke like an artist; she had an attitude like an artist.”
She was very crafty at employing Middle Eastern hospitality to soften the edges of people around her.
(LISTEN to the storyteller on stage to hear what happened next—Jump to 3:15 to get to this point in the story…)
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