Graduation is one of the biggest milestones in a child’s life. It’s a day to rejoice and celebrate and parents are always the proudest on such days. Rob Edwards son, Cole was just about to graduate so you can understand the excitement of the Floridian dad when he stepped out of the house on the big day.
It was a day to be happy and Rob was excited to attend his boy’s graduation but just before going in needed to transact some business at his local bank and that was where he met a total stranger who gave him a gift he never expected and would never forget all his life.
Just as he was about to step into the banking hall another woman came along. As a perfect gentleman, he did the needful and held the door open for her. But he didn’t just stop there he waited for her to enter the line ahead of her even though the woman insisted that he should get in line first. Rob insisted that she go first since she entered before him.
The proud father also jokingly added: “‘today my son graduates. I’m slowing down and want to savor every minute.’”
the woman took her place in line with him behind. While the pair waited for the next available bank tellers, they got talking and got to know about each other a bit more. When it was the turn of the woman to go to the counter she went on, leaving Rob on the line.
When he was Rob’s turn to go to the teller’s booth he spotted an envelope where his wallet had been sitting and wondered how it got there since he wasn’t with any wallet when he walked into the bank. Just as he was wondering where the envelope came from the woman he had met earlier walked past him and greeted him excitedly. “Congratulations!” she exclaimed. “I’m so happy for you.” Rob was startled by the whole scenario but went on to the teller to continue his business while the woman stepped out of the bank.
When he finished his transaction in the bank and opened the envelope, Rob was surprised when he found a crisp $50-dollar bill in the mysterious envelope. He instantly knew where the envelope came from and rush outside to find the woman. Obviously overwhelmed by the kind woman, Rob frantically wanted to return the money to her explaining why he couldn’t take it. But she insisted and said the sweetest thing to him:
“When you talk about your boy, YOU GLOW. You’re a blessing to him; I want to bless him, too!”
Rob was touched by this woman’s kindness. Despite not knowing anything about him prior to that time he was glad that she was interested in sharing in his joy and in celebrating his son. Rob couldn’t keep the story of this kind woman and how she had helped him to himself and knew he had to share it. he wrote:
“I don’t know her name; I’ve never seen her before. But I will never forget her love,” the dad declared. “I asked to take a picture with her and hugged her neck.”
“We need more of this in the world today. Not the money but her kindness. I hugged a complete stranger today. My son who I love with all my heart was shown love. Many of you who know me know what I believe in. Sounds kind of familiar, doesn’t it. It warms the father’s heart to love the son. I am blessed.”