Yesterday, as I was leaving the mall (don’t get it twisted, I meant what I said in Protest. There is just nothing to do while in Florence) and walking through the parking lot; I see a mother and her son walking toward their car. The mom turns left behind her truck but her little man kept walking. As he was walking he was bearing to the right, farther and farther into the middle of the aisle. I’m already a little leery while watching him. I guess my cautiousness paid off, because out of nowhere a car starts to back from out of their parking spot. So me always being on alert, I run up screaming, “HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY!”, trying to get the mom to grab her son and pull him out of harm’s way.
The car never backed up close enough to hit the child, but it could have. The boy was one maybe two years old; young boys are known for just up and running off. That’s what kids do.
As I get around the car, the young man’s mother is standing there smiling. She told me thank you! I told her that it was no problem and that we all have to look out for our little ones. I looked at the little man and said, “What’s up?” to him. Then looked back at his mother and told them to have a blessed day and kept it moving onto my hotel. But before I could even take two steps, a lady and her children walked by me and she looked at me and said, “That was good! That was good of you!” I smiled at her and told her and her family to have a blessed day!
I wrote this quick story just to ask if you would have done the same thing. Are other people’s kids your responsibility? I know that a lot of people wouldn’t want a stranger to say anything to their kids, in today’s twisted society and that is totally overstandable. But when do our African proverbs come into play? “It takes a village to raise a child.”
I remember this one day when I was riding around with my father and we rode past a hoop court with some young men playing basketball. So I kind of slowed down to watch a little bit of the action. He quickly told me that I shouldn’t have done that because some people may have viewed it as perverted (I couldn’t think of the actual word used). I understood where he was coming from, but I don’t have any ill intentions or negative thoughts like that. And neither should other people.
When will we stop listening to the negative news and trash television that has always been used to keep us in a constant state of negative/ fearful thinking? When will we go back to admiring and putting stand up people in the forefront? We will never see the light in people if we always portray the darkness that is out here. Let’s build a media outlet that only promotes positive people and positive things. Let’s work to change the false and negative perception of us that has been promoted so heavily in the media.
I’m all in! Are you a Heru (Hero)?