as (my son) Sean and I traveled to NC for his soccer tourney we pulled
off at a small gas station for a drink.
paid, I gave Sean the keys so he could head back out to the car.
me a little while to checkout and as I exited the store, I noticed
Sean’s door opened and he was walking away from my car towards a man
in a wheelchair.
an older African American gentleman, with amputated legs and appeared
reaction, sadly, was: “Oh crap! He is hitting Sean up for money and
has called him over.”
But as I
walked closer Sean had clearly had a short conversation with the man,
turned around and headed back to the car.
did the same. As I entered the car, I asked him what that was all about.
“Nothing Dad. I just was asking if he needed help. He said no thanks,
that he was fine but thanked me for asking.”
first glance I didn’t even notice that the gentleman was attempting to
cross a gravel parking lot, full of potholes, in a wheelchair using only
didn’t notice that my 11yo child was man enough to see this in the
mirror of my car, drop his electronics he was playing, get out and offer
to help the guy.
began to leave Sean asked if we could give the man some money.
“No thank you, I’m fine. Your son was a real gentleman and gave me
all I needed today. God Bless.”
rolled up the window and began to drive off. Out of the corner of my eye
I saw Sean wave at him, and he waved back with a huge smile on his face.
have gotten out of the car and done the same?
don’t post this looking for any praise for Sean.
not a right or left thing.
wasn’t looking for praise for what he did.
all just stopped once a day and tried to make one-person smile.
said, this was a post that would paint a poor picture of my judgment.
it’s just me.
Credit: Blanton O’Neal