Yo Jay!

Today I caught up with an old friend from high school, Jay Castro. He and I talked about kids, family and career. It’s the longest conversation I’ve had with him since 1985. Back in those days, we were conjugating verbs in high school Spanish class. Outside of class, we were casual friends, greeting each other in passing.

Over the years I’ve run into him only a handful of times, but like many old classmates, we’ve reconnected through social media. He hasn’t changed much. He looks about the same, he sounds the same, and he’s the same kind and big-hearted guy I remember. What I have learned about him through social media is that he’s much funnier than I remember. In one of his recent posts (after doing some Facebook housecleaning) he said, “If you can see this post, you are safe for another week.” LOL!

Earlier today he did something that probably won’t surprise the people who know him well. Nevertheless, it’s worth sharing:

Yesterday, as some of you may have noticed, I asked those in my Facebook community if anyone knew where I could find oversized cardboard (I need it for a student project). With the help of Jay, and others, I was able to locate some at University Art. But there was one big problem: it WOULD NOT fit in my car. To that end, I had no way of transporting it to my classroom.

Here’s where Jay stepped in.

He not only offered to pick it up, he paid for it, and delivered to my school. And if that weren’t enough, he wouldn’t take payment. He told me to consider it a donation (for my school project).

WHO DOES THIS?! Well, people like Jay.

One of his friends recently posted this about him: “You are one of the nicest people in the country.” I’ll go even further and say that he is one of the nicest people in the world.

I cannot tell you how appreciative I am about what he did for me. In the span of 24-hours, I went from frustration to elation.

I was so taken aback that I shared his gesture with my students and peers. Everyone’s responses were a collective: Wow!

Just above one of the doors in my classroom is a sign that reads: NO BAD DAYS. You can see it over my left shoulder in the photo. It’s a motto that I’ve tried to champion since last year. Some days are easier than others.

Today, my old friend, and fellow 76er, made it easy.

No Bad Days … Thank you Jay.

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