Just some thoughts:
I hesitated to repeat this one now. Then I thought again.
Some years back our oldest grandson was living with my wife and I. His parents were going to move to this area but their transfer could not take place for a while and for him to get into school at the beginning of the new year he needed to enroll before his family could move. So he would live with us until his family had moved.
He was a teenager. A move, a new school, moving is not easy and changing schools can often be difficult. For him fortunately this transfer ended well. Two years later near the time of his high school graduation he shared with me how one particular boy at that school had helped him, welcomed him, been good to him especially his first few weeks as a new student at this school. This particular person he told me about was the son of a well known celebrity. If I said the boys last name most folks would recognize the child’s celebrity parent today.
Fast forward. Our grandson’s time at this school went well and it came time for his high school graduation ceremony. My wife and I attended. As the ceremony was over I found myself standing outside waiting on family when I saw the mother of the boy who had first befriended our grandson when he came to the school as a new student. I remembered what our grandson had once shared with me about how nice her son had been to him.
I hesitated. Do I or don’t I? The lady had been talking with a group of other ladies but now I noticed she had turned and was walking away. Now by herself. Do I, don’t I? Oh, Larry go on.
I walked to the lady with some hesitation, as I said she was a well known celebrity. I called her by name and said, “Excuse me you don’t know me but if you have a minute I’d like to share something with you.” She paused and I could tell she was taken back a bit but smiled and said, “Yes.”
“As I said you don’t know me but two years ago our sixteen year old grandson came to live with my wife and I. This move saw him beginning a whole new experience, moving to a new state, a new school where your son also attended. I just wanted to tell you that our grandson said of all the people he met at this school your son was the friendliest, most helpful to him of anyone he met there. Your son invited him to sit with him, eat with him, showed him things he needed to know and places to go in his new school environment. Your son was a real friend to our grandson. I just wanted to tell you that as his grandparents how much my wife and I appreciated your sons kindness and say thank you.”
I thought the lady was going to cry, in fact tears did come to her eyes. She paused, put her hands to her mouth as if she was grasping for some words, looked at me and said: “Oh my, you have no idea how badly I needed to hear that story. If you knew what has taken place in our house in recent days and even just before I came here today….well I needed to hear that story about him. Thank you…thank you. I needed that.”
You know some stories need to be told and certain people need to hear.
If you know a good one…share it. Won’t you?
September 28, 2018
Posted October 24, 2018