|A peculiar wordsmith has visited Groton in recent days. Speculation is abound as to the identity of this author–part bard, part poet, and all enigma–yet no one has stepped forward to claim responsibility. Whoever this mysterious person may be, they have created a buzz on the Circle.
Monday morning, an email was posted to one of our public forums. The sender’s name: Acts_ Of Kindness. The subject line read, “a modest proposal.” The body of the email cryptically and playfully requested that members of the Groton community reply to the sender with descriptions of kind acts and good deeds they witness throughout the day. The author signed off with an eerie, “Let the experiment begin.”
As promised, another email was posted on Monday afternoon. It poetically described the kind acts sent to the Acts_ Of Kindness account, and encouraged readers to send in more stories. It didn’t take long for students, faculty, and staff to begin to question just who this mysterious crusader against the slush and ice of February might be.
Tim Hutchinson of the IT Department had been asked so many times if it was he who crafted these creative prose, that he felt compelled to post a denial to the very same conference where the paladin now know as “AOK” had posted his curious email.
Check-ins were monopolized by conversations around who this mysterious good deeds collector may be. Why was this illusive enigma collecting, recomposing, and cataloging kindness on the Circle? What were AOK’s motives?
One student did catch AOK online and struck up a chat via FirstClass. Asked why he or she was doing this, AOK replied, “ The goal is to achieve school domination. I have received more beautiful stories about random acts of kindness than everyone in the world. It has given me the ability to develop a huge reputation.” When asked if AOK was a particular third former, AOK responded with a cheeky, “I sure am. Gotta go—good chatting—go get a sandwich.”