Warning: the post below contains some adult language.
Being a parent is a tough job, but totally worth it. Nothing beats the pure joy that comes with parenting. It is a beautiful blessing. Parents make so many great sacrifices for their children. Some work long hard hours just to provide the very best for their children, and some have multiple jobs just so their children can have a bright future and never lack anything in this world. Most parents will go to great lengths to see to it that their beloved children are happy. Others will go to an extent of starving themselves just so their own kids can eat when they don’t have enough to feed everyone.
That’s what a Facebook name Timothy claimed to have witnessed one day while eating at a McDonald’s. While some parents work together, and even look after each other, to make sure their kid have a happy home, that wasn’t the case for the woman Timothy saw waiting in the fast food restaurant.
Timothy took to Facebook to share his experience. He wrote;
“I sit here at McDonalds, drinking a sprite. Okay, it’s my third sprite. And the lady in the corner…waits. She’s been here since before I got here. In walks a man with a small boy, maybe 3 years old if that.
“You were supposed to be here an Hour ago,” she says, slightly upset. “Well I’m here and here he is.” The man turns to walk out the door.
She says, “Hey do you have a couple dollars so I can get a cheeseburger? All I have is enough for his happy meal.” He looks around to see if anyone is watching.
“F*ck you, Starve.” He says and walks out the door.
She just shakes her head and walks to the counter with the boy. She orders a happy meal for the boy. The teen at the counter tells her her card left a balance of 37 cents. She and the boy walk to her car where she digs and finds the change. She and the boy sit down with the happy meal, and she sets up his food and his tiny drink cup.
She asks him if mommy can have a fry, to which he feeds her the one he just took a bite off of.(I kinda chuckled to myself.) I walk to the soda machine and refill my cup, Powerade this time. And the teen from the counter is refiling the napkins. I hand him my debit card. And tell him to give her 2 doubles and a large fry and a large drink on me. I tell him not to tell her its from me. I wrote a note on a napkin with my sharpie I use at work.
“Keep your head up and always push forward. You CAN. You WILL. :)” He brings me my debit card. Then walks back to the counter and takes the tray of food to her.
He says “This was bought for you”.
“I’m not supposed to say, but it wasn’t me,” he says and walks back to the counter.
She reads the note on the napkin as tears start to roll down her cheeks. She fills the drink cup and starts to eat. The child trades her a chicken nugget, for a bite of the burger.(I chuckle again.)
After they both finish their meal, they start to leave.
They walk passed me sitting here and I smile at the boy and look at her and she whispers “thank you” I whisper back “for what?” She smiles. I wink. I look down at the boy and I say have a good day 🙂 Life is hard.”
Timothy added, “Always be willing to make someones life a little easier. Little things make a big impact. For any single parent stuck in a similar place… Keep your head up and always push forward. You CAN. You WILL. -TIMOTHY”
Wow! What a beautiful and thoughtful way to put a smile on another person’s face. Thanks to Timothy who saw the woman’s struggle and reached out to her in an act of kindness when she was at her lowest.
It’s not just because he wanted to be nice but because he wanted to show the woman that even though life can be hard sometimes, there are people out there who are willing to lend a hand and that overcoming hardship is always possible when one believes that it is so.
This amazing story goes to show that the world still has so many good people out there, we ought to reflect on it and find ways to help other people. You never know where life takes you and maybe you might find yourself in this woman’s shoes some day.
A toast to parents who go out of their way to provide the best things for their children.
Canadian Man With 24 Wives And 149 Kids Sentenced To House Arrest After Being Found Guilty Of Polygamy
Two men belonging to a breakaway Mormon sect from British Columbia, Canada, were convicted of polygamy by a Supreme Court judge on Tuesday. They both were given conditional sentences and have been spared jail time.
Winston Blackmore had 24 wives and 149 children, while James Oler was found guilty of having 5 wives.
The men have been leaders in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon sect that believes in polygamy.
They both belonged to the small community of Bountiful from southeastern British Columbia.
Blackmore, 61, and Oler, 54, were given 6 and 3 months of house arrests respectively while both face 12 months of probation. Their sentence allows them to go to work and deal with medical emergencies.
Furthermore, Blackmore must do 150 hours of community service work, while Oler was ordered to perform 75 hours.
Dozens of Blackmore’s relatives and supporters were in court, and many cried when his sentence was read.
‘I’m guilty of living my religion and that’s all I’m saying today because I’ve never denied that,’ Blackmore said after the court ruling came.
‘Twenty seven years and tens of millions of dollars later, all we’ve proved is something we’ve never denied.
‘I’ve never denied my faith. This is what we expected.’
Blackmore’s lawyer had asked the judge to consider an absolute discharge for the former bishop who engaged in plural marriages only due to his religious belief.
Judge Sheri Ann Donegan said although both men were law-abiding citizens who practiced polygamy because of their religious beliefs, they couldn’t be discharged due to the gravity of their offenses since some of their wives were as young as 15 when they married them.
‘He’s made it clear that no sentence will deter him from practicing his faith,’ Donegan said of Blackmore. ‘The concept of remorse is foreign to him in this context.’
Similarly, Oler’s crimes were motivated by his ‘sincerely held religious beliefs instilled in him at an early age,’ according to the judge.
The sentencing marks Canada’s first conviction for polygamy in more than a century.
Under Canadian law, the maximum sentence for polygamy is 5 years in jail.