Thomas McFall usually uses Twitter for the same purpose most people do: to make silly jokes. On April 9, however, McFall had something on his mind he had to share.
In one of his classes, Thomas sits in the front row next to an immigrant every day.
Hey guys, I know I usually just post shitty jokes on my Twitter but bear with me because I wanted to share something.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
So in one of my Management classes I sit in the same seat in the front every day. Every single day I sit there.
Now, I also sit next to some foreign guy that
barely speaks English. The most advanced thing I've heard this guy say in English is "Wow, my muffin is really good".— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
This guy also has a habit of stacking every item he owns in the exact space I sit. His bag, his food, his books, and his phone are ALWAYS right on my desk space.
Every day when Thomas walks in, the man's belongings are piled on his desk.
Now, every single time I walk into class this guy says "Ah, Tom. You here. Okay." And starts frantically clearing my desk of his belongings. He then makes it a habit to say "Ready for class, yeah?" And gives me a high five. Every day this guy gives me a high five.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
I was ALWAYS annoyed with this guy. I'm thinking "Dude, you know I sit in this seat every day. Why are you always stacking your shit here? And the last thing I want to do is give a guy who barely speaks my language high fives at 8 in the morning"— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
Just get your shit off my desk
One day, however, he was running late…
But today I came to class and was running a few minutes late. I'm standing outside because I had to send a quick text. I could see my usual space through the door out of the corner of my eye. Of course, my desk was filled with his belongings. The usual.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
As I'm standing there on my phone another guy who was also late walks into the class before me and tried to take my seat since it's closest to the door.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
The guy sitting next to me stops this dude from sitting down and says "I'm sorry. My good friend Thomas sits here."
It turns out his classmate wasn't acting as annoying as he thought.
It was then that I realized this guy wasn't putting stuff on my seat to annoy me. He was saving me the seat every morning.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
And this whole time he saw me as a friend but I was too busy thinking about myself to take him into consideration.
Cheesy as it sounds, I was touched.
I ended up going into class and of course he cleared the seat and said "Ah, Tom. You here. Okay." And I did get a high five.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
At the end of class I ended up asking him if he wanted to get a bite to eat with me. We did. And we talked for a while. I got through the broken English
The man had an amazing story!
The guy moved here from the Middle East to pursue a college education in America. He plans to go back after he gets his degree. He's got two kids and a wife. He works full time and sends his all his left over money back home to his wife.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
I asked him how he liked America as well. He said he misses his family but it's exciting to be here. He also said "Not every American is nice to me like you are, Tom."— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
I bought lunch, of course. Dude deserves it. He gave me a high five for buying lunch. Gotta keep up tradition.
For Thomas, there was was a clear lesson:
Moral of the story? Don't do what I do and constantly only think about yourself. It took me nearly the entire semester to get my head out of my ass and realize this guy was just trying to be my friend. Better late than never I suppose.— Thomas McFall (@thomas___mcfall) April 9, 2018
Twitter users adored the inspiring tale.
I think on behalf of everyone reading this thread, we want a picture of you two— noah (@noahtoribio) April 13, 2018
Tell my why this thread actually made me cry man.. like this is so heart warming— kaleidoscope eyes (@ashleyavila_) April 13, 2018
It’s been a very long day. A very long week. A very long two weeks. A very long 2018, really. This was a really nice story and a very welcome ray of sunshine. Thank you.— Todd (@bucketochicken) April 13, 2018
Some people were even interested in helping out!
Can you find out how we can help Tom and his family? Kids need clothes or shoes? Wife need money? Does he wanna go home and visit or have his family come visit America? When you have time can you find out? Please?— East Coast Lil Thot (@_Neeeeeccceee_) April 13, 2018
Thomas realized he'd been making assumptions about the people around him and decided to change. We could all stand to have a similar epiphany every now and then.
Thanks for sharing. Another lesson learnt. cheers. regards to your new friend— JeFe (@holmes4spencer) April 14, 2018