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The Big Lesson Behind That Mom’s Viral Apple Post

It's a good visual for kids to see the power of their words.

Credit: Facebook / Mum in the Moment

Some viral posts stick around for years, and that’s the case for a photo that went viral on Facebook of bruised apples. Rosie Dutton shared a photo of two apples cut in half on Facebook four years ago, but it’s every bit relevant today. She recently re-shared the same image and message, and it again has gone viral. Here’s the meaning behind the viral apple post and why people are relating to it, even years later.

Dutton runs the Facebook page, Mum in the Moment, and she shared the apple image again a few weeks ago and aimed to teach others about the importance of mental health and wellbeing in our children. “I’m extremely passionate about children’s mental health and wellbeing and run relaxation and mindfulness classes for children and families,” she told Good Morning America.

And she teaches this lesson with a powerful punch using apples. “I knew from my own childhood that words can hurt, but that we don’t often show the pain on the outside,” she said. “We can go for years or our whole life hiding it. This visual demonstration using the apples always makes people think.”

And that’s how her viral apple message was brought to fruition. In the photo, there are two apples cut in half. One looks delicious and entirely ready to eat, and the other one is covered with bruises, but along with the apples comes a message for students.

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Dutton drops one of the two apples on the floor, leaving it still looking like the other apple on the outside. The kids don’t see the apple being dropped; they’re just shown two identical apples. She has the kids speak mean words to the apple that she dropped, and kind words to the apple that wasn’t thrown to the floor.

Then the class cuts the apples open to reveal the difference between the two.

“The apple we’d said unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside,” her second sharing of the viral post reads. “I think there was a lightbulb moment for the children immediately. They really got it, what we saw inside that apple, the bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions.”

She continues, “When people are bullied, especially children, they feel horrible inside and sometimes don’t show or tell others how they are feeling. If we hadn’t have cut that apple open, we would never have known how much pain we had caused it.”

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And she’s right; we often don’t get to see the pain caused by bullying, at least not until it’s too late. Kindness goes a long way, and this viral apple post is a great visual way for kids to see that words do matter.