Mom Startled When Teen Bolts From The Car Toward Stranger
Kristin Danley 11/7/2017
Sabrina Laffan's son Connor wasn't feeling well, so she decided to take him out to lunch and see if a bite of food would help perk him up. On their way home, they stopped at a car wash near their home in Sacramento, California, which is where Connor spied something that tugged at his heartstrings.
The high school athlete attends class, plays sports and works six hours per week. He keeps a busy schedule, typical of a teenager. But he did something at the car wash so compassionate that it stunned his mom.
Sabrina took to Facebook in the hopes of inspiring others after what she witnessed. She encouraged others to be "supportive, inclusive and loving" like her son did that fateful day.
While they were leaving the drive-through car wash, Connor saw a woman pushing her cart along the sidewalk. The young jock noticed that the woman was wearing baseball cleats for shoes.
Anyone who has worn ball cleats knows that they do not have any support and become uncomfortable to wear after a long period of time. Connor was surprised to see this stranger's choice of shoes.
Then it dawned on him. She probably didn't have a choice.
Connor was moved by this woman's circumstances and the fact that she had to resort to wearing baseball cleats for her everyday shoes. It's what he said next to his mom that warmed her heart.
"I just wish I made enough money to be able to buy a pair of comfortable shoes for everyone I see that doesn't have shoes."
So at her son's urging, Sabrina drove a block down the road to a store and watched as her thoughtful, kindhearted teenage son walked in and used one week's worth of his pay to purchase this woman -- a complete stranger -- comfortable, warm shoes and a six-pack of socks. He ended up choosing athletic shoes and winter boots for her.
The mother and son drove back toward the car wash to track down the woman and when they found her, Connor hopped out of the car. He wasn't thinking about how crummy he felt, only about how he was about to help make a stranger's life a little bit better.
He helped her remove the tags from the purchases and put he even helped her put the shoes on. Then, when Connor returned to the car, he sat there for a moment. He didn't say a word.
Then Connor turned to his mom and said something shocking. His mom was floored.
"Ma, today is her birthday. She was so happy."
During Connor's and the stranger's brief yet memorable interaction, Sabrina saw the woman reach up and hug her son. At that moment, she felt compelled to snap a quick picture.
Sabrina said she was choked up and couldn't miss this touching moment. Then she decided to share it and the post has since gone viral.
"The universe works in mysterious ways. He had a rough day and wasn't feeling great, but this simple act of selflessness turned it all around. It put things in perspective for him and for me, too. Lots of little things fell into place to make this happen at just the right time."
This California mom was so proud of her son for his generosity and compassion toward a stranger. She couldn't stop smiling when she saw Connor hug the woman back after she reached out to him.
"We need more of this in the world, especially now when there's so much turmoil. Take this example and use it. I challenge everyone to love a stranger with the innocence of a child. Show compassion and give what you can. It doesn't have to be a lot."
While buying a pair of shoes and a package of socks is an expected purchase for some, this was a luxury for the woman. It also tapped out Connor's paycheck, but he didn't care.
All this teen knew was that he had made a difference in one woman's life. And on her birthday! What a great story!