Kids are innocent, and they don’t know that the world can be a scary and gloomy place. That’s why parents need to teach their children not to talk to strangers at an early age. But, sometimes, the confidence and openness of the younger ones is not a disadvantage, it is encouraging. Maybe we can teach them to be aware of the harsh realities of life, but they teach that not everything is bad in this world.
Star Balloon-Bradley was at a football game in August with her young nephew Isaiah. The boy soon began to talk to a woman on a nearby bench, and the two acted as if they had known each other forever. Two weeks later, the same thing happened. But, this time, Balloon-Bradley couldn’t keep this story a secret, and he knew he needed to share it with the world.
Child makes a precious friend
“I don’t know who this lady is but if you know her tell her she’s awesome,” “Isaiah walked up to this lady at our last home game two weeks ago. He sat on her lap and they were talking like they knew each other. It lasted no more than 20 mins. However, she left right after halftime to meet up with her little girl.”
“Fast forward to tonight…not long after we sat down at the game Isaiah spotted her. She waved at him and he made his way up to her. I thought their interaction would be the same as last time but I was wrong.”
“Isaiah walked right up to her smiling, crawled in her lap and laid his head down on her shoulder. She welcomed him with open arms. This lady patted and rocked Isaiah to sleep like he had given birth to him. It was the sweetest!!” Concerned that Isaiah was bothering this saint of a woman, Balloon-Bradley said she could take him, but the woman refused.
“She replied he’s no bother and to not say that again. She said he was her new friend. She then went on to say she only has one child who is 15 and moments like this are priceless!!!” “…she kept telling us she (and he) was fine!! Isaiah and this lady has NEVER met before other than those 20 mins at a game 2 weeks ago. I told her tonight that I am so sorry and I don’t know why he keeps bothering her.”
The pictures that Balloon-Bradley took are definitely worth a thousand words: Isaiah seems perfectly content to fall into the arms of this woman, and trusted her enough to fall asleep. Balloon-Bradley thinks this display of love and kindness is especially relevant now. She wanted to make sure people saw this interaction and used it as an example.
“With all of the racial tension that’s going on I’m glad to see the pictures like these because it goes to show color don’t matter to a lot of people. It really don’t!! Arguing over stuff as such makes us miss the simple pleasures in life.”
Later, they discovered that the woman’s name was Angela. She also posted on Facebook after seeing how her story became viral. “TTo God be all praise, glory, and honor!” she wrote. “I have been overwhelmed with emotions today as I have read the post Star Balloon-Bradley shared. I am humbled by the kind words every one has spoken.”
What a beautiful friendship. Share if you think the purity of children is a gift!