The last thing you expect to hear when your doorbell rings.

We’re used to seeing Japanese elementary school students performing birazzely-complicated math and dispensing brutally honest love advice, so it’s always nice to see a little kid actually acting like a little kid every now and then.

Japanese Twitter user @Moc_hanamaru did exactly that when they shared an adorable story of an interaction with a elementary school boy:

▼ Prepare for “d’aww” in three… two… one…
(Translation below)

“Just now my doorbell rang and there was a second or third grade elementary school boy there. I was like, ‘Uh, what?’ and then he said:

‘Um… I was on my way home from the convenience store… and I was playing around and throwing my sandal… and I kinda hit your car a little bit… and I’m really sorry.’ He was so nervous when he apologized and I was surprised.

He definitely came back to tell me after agonizing for a long time whether or not to.”

That is a pretty cute interaction there. I feel like in many other places around the world, most kids would throw their sandal, hit a car, look around real quick to make sure no one saw them, and then bolt away.

The only way they’d do something like the kid in the tweet is if their parents made them. Seeing this kid do it on his own shows that he has a good heart, though maybe he should take it a bit easy on tossing around footwear.

Here’s how Japanese netizens reacted:

“That shows he has a good upbringing. Good on both him and his parents.”

“He probably thought, ‘Oh no, they’ll follow the sandal footprints, and then the police will come, and it’ll be on the news all over the country and I’ll be sentenced to death!’ Or at least, that’s what I would’ve thought as a kid.”

“Oh man, that was totally an opportunity for a bad ass moment where you could’ve told him something like, ‘I like brave people like you. I’ll forgive you this time, but be careful in the future.’ Would’ve been cool!”

“I never knew nice kids like that actually existed.”

There are plenty of great elementary school kids out there, with adorable stories of their own, like the one who wrote an essay about her mother’s prawn pilaf, or the one who wished to become a smartphone. As long as kids keep being kids with their untainted views on the world, we’ll see plenty more of them in the future too.

Source: Twitter/@Moc_hanamaru via Hachima Kiko
Top image: Pakutaso
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