RIPR – We have all had at least momentary spasms as we march through our days, wondering whether the people around us notice we exist, whether we are something more than invisible. As 13-year-old Kate Middeleer notes, there are also those glorious moments when the people whose paths cross ours take the time to say hello, and to really mean it.

Middeleer is in the eighth grade at the Wheeler School in Providence. Kate reports that she loves to swim, tag horseshoe crabs to help scientists study them, and spend time with her dog, Augie, who has taught Kate a lot about how to say hello. This I Believe Archives