Feeling both baffled and intrigued, Timmy decided to follow the ball’s advice. After school, instead of heading down his usual path, he took a route through the neighborhood’s small mall. As he wandered through the mall, he accidentally walked into a laundromat.

Inside, he met an elderly man named Mr. Wilson, who was the friendly owner of the laundromat. Timmy was initially embarrassed for his mistake but soon struck up a conversation with Mr. Wilson. The old man listened intently to Timmy’s troubles and shared some of his own stories from his childhood.

“Sometimes bullies do what they do because they’re hurting on the inside,” Mr. Wilson said, his eyes filled with empathy. He went on to explain that understanding their pain might be the key to resolving the situation.