Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about, so it is best to always be kind. The world is already mean. It doesn’t hurt to show sympathy to others. As the saying goes, “Treat people the way you want to be treated.”
It was a peaceful night when Brent Gehring from Papillon, Nebraska decided to take his wife and their six-year-old daughter, Emma, out to dinner.
They were just about to go on their merry way when a stranger shouted at them saying, “What the F*+k?! Make her walk. That’s what is wrong with kids today.”
Brent has a choice of yelling back to the rude stranger and pick up a fight or be the better person and teach him a lesson. He chose the latter part.
“I had a choice to make at that time. Can I make myself feel better by screaming at him or can I teach him something about life?”
“I won’t lie to you and tell you that it was an easy choice, but I got inches from his face, with my daughter in my arms, and quietly asked him if he was referring to my daughter. He said, “Hell yes! “ Brent recalled.
As hurtful as the response of the stranger was, Brent continued and said, “My daughter has been carrying my faith and strength for the past five years since she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.”
“She can’t walk but I am happy to carry her because of all the amazing things she has taught me through the years so I would advise you not to address my daughter in any way other than respectful.”
Brent did not disclose the full details of what happened after that conversation.
“I won’t tell you the rest of the story, but it ended with two grown men with tears rolling down their faces. One that needed to have his eyes opened to what real life and real love is and the one that is always needing a reminder that good can come from any situation. This story is only important if it serves as a reminder that you don’t always know the whole story, so don’t judge others. “ Brent shared.
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