Last night my boys went to the NJ Devils game with my dad. When they got home, DJ said, “Drew, are you going to tell mom what you did at the game tonight?” I replied, ‘Uhoh, what…” and DJ said, “No mom, it is good!” We all laughed and Drew got embarrassed and told me this story,
You know how I always go up to the glass for warm ups? Well, I went there tonight and I was hoping that a player would toss me a puck after practice. There was this kid standing near me who had special needs and he was wearing a Toronto jersey. He reminded me of that girl we saw at The Newark Bears Game. That was the kind of special needs he was. Well, he wanted a puck so badly but he didn’t get one and I guess he got tired of standing there because he and his dad went back to their seats. Then, I got a puck and I went over and gave it to him instead of keeping it. The kid was so happy! Later, the dad and the kid came over to our seats and thanked me. At the end of the game, I went up to where the referees leave the ice and NJ, (the Devils mascot,) tossed me the game puck!
I was so proud I nearly cried. DJ was just nodding his head the whole time telling me that really happened. My dad told me how proud he was of him. I had to share it – I was so filled with joy that he had done such a generous thing. For anyone who knows him, he is a collector and giving up a puck was probably not the easiest thing for him!! I shared the story on Facebook before I left for work this morning. I got home this evening and found that there were just under 200 likes and almost 50 comments about it! Comments saying others were going to pay it forward today after reading it. Comments about how he is growing up into such a kind young man. Comments about how Dave and I “must be doing something right!”
He and I just read the comments together and he is embarrassed – self-conscious perhaps, but I can tell he is pleased with himself. It is so nice watching him grow into such a kind hearted boy. Many of the comments mentioned “great parenting.” I had great role models to follow, and now my children are following in those footsteps as well. We talk all the time about how easy it is to do the right thing and last night, Drew demonstrated that perfectly.
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