The Power of Respect
How Luca and I gained respect for each other
”Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it”
- RG Risch
We all need someone to respect, and to respect us in our lives. My friend Luca and I have respected each other for a very long time. Luca and I hadn’t hung out much before 8th grade started, but once it had started, we became good friends and gained a lot of respect for each other, and that respect has helped us be happy people.
Luca and I have gained a lot of respect for each other this year. When we see each other at school we respect each other each day by asking how each other’s day is going. It started out as a joke but we now have a lot of respect for each other and we legitimately want to know how each other’s day is going so we can be happier. Before 8th grade started I knew Luca was a nice person to be around and I already had some respect for him. Once 8th grade had come around I used that respect and asked him how his day was going. It might have sounded awkward reading it but in person it was a totally normal thing. He was pretty surprised at me asking how his day was going because it doesn’t normally happen. Once he noticed he replied simply with, “I’m good today, how about you?” And I was surprised by this. I didn’t think he would ask me how my day was going, I thought he would just say “good” and continue with his life. We talked throughout the day as normal friends would do and joked about saying it every single day, but I turned that joke into reality.
Every day since than, I’ve asked him how his day has been going, and we’ve gained a lot of respect for each other from it. And it has also made me a happier person in general. Respecting each other is something very important in life. Luca and I respecting each other started from a very small thing. It didn’t matter we weren’t friends before 8th grade, it didn’t matter we don’t have any classes together, and it didn’t matter that it was a very small thing I did. It only mattered that the outcome of the very small thing created a lot of respect between Luca and I.
This year I learned how important respect is. I’m also realizing why it’s one of Fenns core values. Respect isn’t just being nice to each other, it’s a lot more than that.