I went to an event that had a few hundred people sitting in an auditorium. I was sitting behind a couple teen age boys, about 14 or 15 years old. Another boy came over and wanted to sit with them. One of the boys got up and told him if he was going to sit there he was going to move. The second boy tried to sit and the other boy got up as to move. The second boy left, but he left with a smile mask on, you know? One of those smiles that desperately pleads "accept me".
I looked to see where that boy finally sat down, across the auditorium with what appeared to be his mother. During a break I went over to him. I asked him what was his name and he told me. I told him my name, shook his hand, looked him dead in the eye and said, "It is a pleasure to meet you." He smiled and I walked off.
Later that day, he comes over to where I was and starts talking like we were best friends, he spends some time with me and my "friends" talking about RC planes and his life. He was thrilled, he asked me to meet his mother and sister, he does not have a dad. I met them and they seemed nice.
We parted ways. I will probably never see him again, but I am glad I took a moment, I hope he feels more confident about himself. I know I do, just from a simple gesture.