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kateqd

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A boy whose good deed has stuck with me
« on: August 13, 2007, 09:27:30 PM »
One random day I was at my mothership (Target) with my daughter. She was still a baby, but old enough where she sat in her car seat and not the infant carrier and I had had enough practice with her that getting in and out of the car was seamless for me. Anyway, this day I didnt need much so I forewent the cart and just took my stroller in. On the way out I dont know what I was thinking, but I totally went against my routine and decided to take the baby out of the stroller and put the stroller away while I was holding her. Needless to say I was struggling. All of a sudden a young boy, maybe 17 came up and grabbed the stroller, folded it up and put it in my trunk for me. All the while I protested, not wanting to be "weak" and admit that at that point I didnt have myself "together". He just looked at me and smiled. I said thank you and he said the normal teenage boy "no problem" complete with the shoulder shrug. My daughter is 5 now, but everytime I go into that parking lot I think about that boy and how unexpected he was. With teenagers I always expect them to be self-absorbed and kind of mean, but this boy was the total opposite. I hope good things befell him that day for helping out a total stranger. The worst part was, I bet he never told his mother what he did that day robbing her of the pride of having raised a really genuinely nice kid.

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Re: A boy whose good deed has stuck with me
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2007, 09:17:23 PM »
One random day I was at my mothership (Target) with my daughter. She was still a baby, but old enough where she sat in her car seat and not the infant carrier and I had had enough practice with her that getting in and out of the car was seamless for me. Anyway, this day I didnt need much so I forewent the cart and just took my stroller in. On the way out I dont know what I was thinking, but I totally went against my routine and decided to take the baby out of the stroller and put the stroller away while I was holding her. Needless to say I was struggling. All of a sudden a young boy, maybe 17 came up and grabbed the stroller, folded it up and put it in my trunk for me. All the while I protested, not wanting to be "weak" and admit that at that point I didnt have myself "together". He just looked at me and smiled. I said thank you and he said the normal teenage boy "no problem" complete with the shoulder shrug. My daughter is 5 now, but everytime I go into that parking lot I think about that boy and how unexpected he was. With teenagers I always expect them to be self-absorbed and kind of mean, but this boy was the total opposite. I hope good things befell him that day for helping out a total stranger. The worst part was, I bet he never told his mother what he did that day robbing her of the pride of having raised a really genuinely nice kid.

That made me cry.  :)  In a good way!!  I'm the mother of a goth teenager.  He's "allowed" to dress how he likes as long as he's respectful.  I bet that young man's mother is very proud of him.. after all, he learned those manners from someone!
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Re: A boy whose good deed has stuck with me
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2007, 01:27:56 AM »
Mom knows....she does... in her heart.