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February 9, 2013

Teenhood Today: Follow through on good intentions


I decided an eighth of a peach ring was just as good as a quarter and you can probably guess what happened to that poor quarter of a peach ring. 

Did you guess “It took a trip to the moon with an elephant and lived happily ever after singing Christmas carols to the end of its days”? Because I’m sorry to inform you that you are wrong. In fact, that quarter of a peach ring was divided again and half of it consumed by me. 

This process continued until the peach ring too small to see without an electron-scanning microscope. But I was determined to save this for her. It would still make her day, and she would gush praise and thanks for this lovely (even if it was minuscule) confectionary delight. Then I thought about how I would feel if I was given an extremely small piece of candy. What would she think when I gave it to her? So I ate that little piece of peach ring.

See? Completely good intentions to deliver a random act of kindness, just different results. I was excited to save some for her, but my stomach and extremely large sweet tooth had other plans.

Thankfully, in this case it wasn’t a big deal that my good intentions weren’t actually carried out. But sometimes, it is a big deal. I’ve been in a lot of situations where I find myself saying “I was planning on it…” or “I totally meant to, but…”. I’d be willing to bet that almost all of us (there are exceptions to every rule) are guilty of this.

But think about how much better life would be if everyone did random acts of kindness and actually made good on their good intentions. Wouldn’t that be awesome?! Thankfully, I have my peach rings to remind me to do this. I know that now every time I see peach rings, I am reminded do something nice for someone, make good on a promise, and/or eat the entire bag of fruit-flavored goodness in one gulp.

Miriam A. Thurber is a rising sophomore at Unatego Central School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at

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