How often have you run across an ethical dilemma? The kind where you have to choose the path that leads to the least harm? Or do you not care about such things?
This man just showed that human kindness is the most powerful medicine.
“I was day tripping to Vancouver from Seattle and stopped in for lunch at a little cafe. From my window I saw a young teenage girl out in the cold, squatted down in a closed up businesses doorway, holding a small bundle in her arms. She was panhandling, people were mostly walking by ignoring her. She looked just broken.
I finished my meal and went out, searched my wallet and thought I would give him $ 5 for something to eat. I got up and sobbed, she looked 14-15 years old. And that bundle in his arms was a baby, wrapped up.
I felt like I just got punched in the chest. She looked up putting on a game face and asked for any change, I asked her if she’s like some lunch. Right next door was a small quick-Trip type grocery store, I got a can of formula for the baby (very young, maybe 2-3 months old.), and took her back to the cafe though I’d just eaten. She was very thankful, got a burger and just inhaled it. Have your cake and ice cream. She opened and we talked. She was 15 years old, became pregnant, parents were angry and she fought with them. She ran away. She has been gone for almost a year.
I asked her if she’d like to go home and she got silent. I coaxed her, she said her parents wouldn’t want her back. I coaxed further, she admitted she stole 5k in cash from her Dad. Turns out 5k doesn’t last long at all and the streets are tough on a 15-year-old. Very tough. She did want to go back, but she was afraid no one wanted her back after what she did.
We talked more, I wanted her to use my phone to call home but she wouldn’t. I told her that I would call to see if her people wanted to talk to her, she hesitated and apologized but finally agreed. She dialed the number and I picked up the phone, her mother answered and I said hello.
Awkwardly introduced myself and said her daughter would like to speak to her, silence, and I heard crying. He gave the girl the phone and she just listened to how her mother cried, then said hello. And she cried. They talked, she gave me the phone, I talked more with her mother.
I drove her down to the bus station and bought her a bus ticket home. Gave her $100 cash for incidentals, and some formula, diapers, wipes, snacks for the road.
Got to the bus, and she just cried saying thank you over and over. I gave her a kiss on the forehead and a hug, kissed her baby, and she got on the bus.
I get a Christmas card every year from her. She’s 21 now and in college.
Her name is Makayla and her baby was Joe.
I’ve never really told anyone about this. I just feel good knowing I did something good in this world.”
This man deserves a medal, he must be an angel in disguise. So glad the girl and baby went home, Bless Them!