Last month, Sister Toldjah, my colleague wrote an adorable story about a four-year old who was enjoying Walt Disney World’s parade. The little boy gave a tip to all the Disney Princesses as they passed him. His mother, who was delighted, captured it and shared it online. It was a wonderful reminder that chivalry still exists and can be displayed in surprising ways.
It is a blessing that there are still grandparents and parents who teach manners and proper etiquette to their grandchildren. You are not the only one who has to learn these skills, it is also a reflection about your community and society.
As the British idiom states, “Man is made of manners.”
The story of the four young men that helped an elderly woman return home from a broken scooter in the middle if a torrential rainstorm is exemplary.
Lending a helping hand will always be appreciated.
After being praised for their efforts in assisting a resident of retirement homes when her scooter was damaged during a storm, four young men experienced that realization firsthand.
Katty Castro, a public relations representative at the Florida Living Independent Community in Seminole County, Florida, witnessed the kind act and snapped pictures of the group who valiantly pushed the resident’s scooter to her planned destination.
“Since this is a very quiet neighborhood I was surprised to hear a commotion, laughs and four gentlemen pushing one of my lady residents under a heavy storm in Florida,” Castro told Fox News. “They were pushing her up the big slope toward her residence. These heroes were so focused on helping regardless of the inclement weather and they were even covering her with an umbrella, which showed more compassion on their part.”
Castro said she went on to thank the men “for their kindness and asked them for a group picture” when they were done with their task and shared the moment with her community on Nextdoor – a hyperlocal social networking app where people can share what’s going on in their neighborhood.
Castro believed that four local teenagers were the helpers, but it was later discovered they were Rebounderz Adventure Parks employees.
It’s unlikely that any PR person for an assisted living facility would see this. It’s not only great publicity for the senior center She was not the right person to be marketing the park to the community, she just thought of it.
The men were passing through the area after a hard day’s work, but noticed the woman just when they were about to turn onto an eight-lane highway.
“[We] noticed the woman was clearly experiencing a malfunction with her mobile scooter,” said John Morgan Massa, a corporate general manager at Rebounderz Adventure Parks, in an interview with Fox News.
“We were tired, dirty and wanted to get back to the hotel; but, knew without a doubt that regardless of our long day, it certainly wasn’t worse than the day this lady was having. She literally had a plastic bag on her head to keep her hair dry,” he added. “We knew we couldn’t leave her in the rain, in the middle of the road, frantically trying to get her scooter to work again.”
Another reflection of chivalry: considering someone else’s situation above your own. The old woman could just have been a simple glance for these guys. You are a scumbagThe couple went back to their hotel and took a hot shower. They decided to help and step in.
Castro claims Massa, along with his fellow colleagues, reportedly trekked three-quarters miles while carefully pushing the senior on her scooter.
Massa explained that helping the resident was an easy task.
“We just wanted her to get home safely,” he explained. “We never expected recognition, just helping a fellow member of our community.”
I despise the modern idiom about “random acts of kindness,” because kindness is not random: we learn it from the age of that four year-old, and as it is encouraged and reinforced, it manifests into the kindness of a John Morgan Massa and his colleagues. Massa is no different to the Disney World sweet boy. He was encouraged and raised to help others, just like his Disney World friend.
There is nothing random about this. It is important for grandparents and parents to continue teaching this skill by example and word. It is important to teach chivalry, and also catch it.