The elves are right

As this is being written, I’ve just left London to go to Cornwall. In London, an incident helped me understand how right the elves of the north were, and how important the lesson they were teaching is.

I attended Elf School in the Arctic Circle, twice, this holiday. (Note: you might want to do it only if a. you are a kid aged 4-8, or b. you’re bringing a kid aged 4-8). I enjoyed it, and got 2 elf school diplomas out of it. That just leaves me with only 98 more years of elf school before I become an elf, but that’s besides the point. Anyway, the first lesson of both sessions were, as they called it, “the most important-est lesson”. And they were about kindness.

The elves believe that we need to show kindness to everyone, human and animals, from the biggest elephant, to the teeny, tiniest spider. And if you’re afraid of spiders, you can show kindness from a few steps away. I think I quoted that almost word for word, that’s how much it got into my head (a lot). It was mostly just for fun, shits and giggles, and it didn’t mean much, just good to know that they’re stressing the importance of kindness to kids, until this incident happened just now.

A lady was trying to get her luggage from the bus we just got down from. There was a crowd, and a lot of luggages, and I guess it took up quite a lot of space even though the pavement was maybe 2m wide. And out of nowhere, this lady gets shoved by a older woman trying to get through. She was shoved quite violently, or maybe I was just so unused to such a sight that it felt like it was really violent. Some colourful language was exchanged and that was it. But wow, what do you think would have happened if some kindness was shown to the people and creatures around us? I think the world would be so much more at peace, so much happier, so much more loved.

I don’t know if real elves exist, or what they look like, or what else they believe in, and I know full well that those elves in Elf School were humans with prosthetics on their noses, but the elves are right, and it’s a lesson for all of us, not just the kids that were there. It’s also for the parents, the aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and everyone else not mentioned.

Let’s all remember to show kindness, not just during this holiday season of giving, but throughout the year. Let kindness be a conscious decision you and I make to make the world a slightly more jolly place to be.

Merry Christmas, friends!

Abigail ChuiComment