Pre-Facebook (35+ years ago) not knowing other’s situations…
Co-worker at a local pizza place were we worked had bullied me since junior high and now we were in first year of community college together. He was a “jock” and very popular while I was a “nothing” and he let me know.
We had to work on Christmas Eve and I was bitching about having to work until 'till 8 when they closed. My family would have our traditional family Christmas Eve meal, drive around and look at lights and this was when “Santa” would show up and we would open presents when we got home. I was missing out on this tradition and wasn’t too thrilled.
He was very quiet that night for some reason and I asked him what he was missing out on as we had to work while we were cleaning up, he mentioned (with tears in his eyes) that his parents had divorced earlier that year and his mom was off with her new boyfriend for a holiday get away and his dad had the night off but agreed to work the overnight shift at the hospital. He was going home to an empty house on Christmas Eve.
I did feel some pity for him and realized even though I was a “nothing” I did have something he didn’t have that night, a family to go home to.