WATWB – Your Monthly Shot Of News That Doesn’t Suck

All around you are invisible people. The toilet paper doesn’t magically refresh itself any more than the dirt on the floor disappears on its own. There are people that scrub toilets and take out trash and clean floors, doing all the shit jobs that people don’t want to do and it’s amazing to me how many people completely ignore them when they pass in the halls. On a good day, your average janitor might get a nod from a suit or a muttered good morning as they breeze past.

This is unfortunate and, frankly, pretty cold-blooded.

Fortunately, it’s not always the case. In Tullahoma, TN, a group of kindergartners not only told their deaf janitor, they learned to sing the entire “Happy Birthday” song just for him. The result of this is obviously a good thing for the janitor, but also a good thing for the kindergartners who learned a valuable lesson about why kindness can be a wonderful thing. So, while the immediate benefit went to a guy who spends his whole day cleaning up after everyone, the long-term benefit went to a group of kids who might be able to change the world for the better in some small way.

Go check out the original story. Your homework is to notice a janitor and give ’em a happy, “Good morning” tomorrow. Just remember the only philosophy you really need to make the world a bit better:

If you’d like to connect your blog and help spread a little joy (or snark, like I do), it’s easy to sign up. Just ask and ye shall receive. Or go check it out here: here.

Our lovely and talented hosts this month are:
Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Mary J. Giese and Roshan Radhakrishnan


1. Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.

2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity and brotherhood.

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And now, your moment of Zen.

11 thoughts on “WATWB – Your Monthly Shot Of News That Doesn’t Suck

  1. Inspiring to hear that those little children learned to sign the Happy Birthday song for their custodian. He obviously made an impression on them with his kindness. Thanks for hosting this month’s #WATWB, Eric. Luv your moment of Zen.

  2. I just heard this on the radio yesterday and almost cried at the joy in that janitor’s laughter as the children sang. Proof that it doens’t have to be an expensive thing to be kind. It only takes kindness and consideration for others.

  3. Okay, first, I say hi to all the janitors I see all the time and even have conversations with them. Also doormen, the barista, and other people who have crappy jobs en route to their more fabulous ones or who just are maybe stuck in crappy jobs by circumstance. I’ve had crappy jobs, too, so I know what it feels like to be dissed. I actually think that the people who pick up the trash should get way more than they do because their job is such crap. But I digress.

    Second, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure was probably may favorite movie for about a decade or more in my teens and into my twenties. What does THAT say about me? :0)

  4. Wow – this is fabulous. I love how whatever I’ve read connected with WATWB this month has been connected to appreciating people at work. I greet the school janitors and Grade 1 children made thank you cards for them last week as a part of Wellness Week. Hope the appreciation continues.

  5. Hi Eric – what a wonderful post … loved learning about the kids learning sign language and giving their janitor a wonderful birthday – he obviously loved their little faces as they sang and then their delight at his pleasure … anyone who cleans up should be rewarded all the time with ‘a thank you’, ‘a smile’ … and a help as and when we can keeping their place of work cleaner, and thus easier to clean – cheers Hilary

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