To the Boy in Walmart

Dear Brayden,

You have solidified my faith in humanity. I still believe the world is a good place regardless of all that is happening throughout. You, sir, have scored a point for the good guys. Your honesty, your integrity, your desire to do the right thing has set you apart from so many others.

When Wanda* called me from Walmart this evening after we had just been there, I was a bit nervous at first. Then she asked me if had a son. I do. And I was still a bit nervous. Did she see him do something he should not have? He had wandered away from me for a minute. Then she asked if he had lost anything there this morning or this afternoon.

I breathed a sigh of relief.

I wasn’t aware that he had but I told her I would ask him. So I stepped outside and hollered to Crash*. Then I had to tell Wanda from Walmart that he’d be right here, he had to climb down out of the tree first.

Finally, he came to me and I asked him he had left anything in Walmart. He couldn’t remember losing anything. Wanda asked his name and how to spell it. I told her and she asked if he lost a little red zipper purse (though we call it a wallet). In it was $25. I asked Crash about it and he said it should be in the basket where it’s always kept. He went to look, but of course it wasn’t there.

It was in Walmart.

Wanda told me she made a donation on either behalf of herself or Walmart (I can’t remember which) for your honesty. Wanda told us you are 11 years old. She also gave us your name and number so that my son could call your son and thank him. Which he did. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to connect directly, but instead left a message thanking him.

Your parents are perfecting this thing called parenting. They have themselves a young man who understands honesty. Who not only understands the difference between right and wrong but can follow through with it. Walmart thanks you. I thank you. My son thanks you.

The world is still a good place and you have scored a point for the good guys.

Sincerely,

A Hopeful Parent

*Names have been changed.

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21 thoughts on “To the Boy in Walmart

  1. Behind kindness comes honesty in qualities that I believe to be the most important things a child needs to have, that we can teach them. Well done for children like Brandon and to you for sharing this lovely post. Popping over from #blogcrush

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    • Thanks for popping over! Brayden was outstanding young gentleman. We are so thankful it was he who found the wallet and not someone else. Hopefully Crash takes this to heart and has learned the importance of honesty.

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  2. I love this. It’s not just parents who can teach kids to be good people, kids can teach each other too. Great example.
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  3. Hurray Brayden! What a fantastic thing to have done. I think we all recognise that moment of panic when you’ve lost your phone or your wallet, and you’re convinced someone will have nicked it. You tentatively ask at customer servies and… yes someone has handed it in! Your faith in humanity is restored! *Punches the air* #blogcrush

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