Warning: What you are about to read will probably make you cry, but in a good way. It’s the story of a little Alabama boy whose good deed toward a homeless man has made his mother very proud.
One day last month, Josiah Duncan and his mom, Ava Faulk, went to a local Waffle House for dinner. Outside the restaurant, the boy spotted something he’d never seen before – a dirty man holding a bag standing next to his bike, Ava told WSFA.
And she didn’t sugar coat anything when her curious 5-year-old started asking her tons of questions about him. After all, the boy had never seen a homeless person before, KTLA added.
“He’s homeless,” she answered.
“What does that mean?” the boy asked.
“Well, that means he doesn’t have a home.”
“Where is his house? Where is his family? Where does he keep his groceries?”
Inside the restaurant, Josiah was still bothered as the homeless man found a seat and sat alone.
The boy had realized that being homeless meant he had no food and was hungry. And there was no way he was going to let that stand. He decided to do something about it, asking his mom to buy him a good meal. And she said yes.
“Nobody really waited on him. So Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one.”
The homeless man initially wanted to order a cheap hamburger, but the pair insisted he get whatever he wanted, Faulk said. When he asked for bacon, she told him to “get as much bacon you want.”
But the story doesn’t end with that one good deed. The little boy took a moment to bless his bacon hamburger, turning about a dozen people at the Waffle House into a puddle of tears.
“God our Father, God our Father, we thank you, we thank you, for our many blessings, for our many blessings, Amen, Amen,” he said.
The homeless man cried as well. Then he ate his meal and went on his way.
Afterward, Ava’s neighbors took to Facebook to praise her little boy for his amazing good deed, and his daycare teacher revealed the source of Josiah’s blessing – her students sing it every day before each meal, and Josiah usually leads, the New York Daily News reported.
Another neighbor said Josiah Duncan is an example of how we all should act toward the homeless – and each other.
“I think the point of this story is, a child saw someone in need and wanted to help. He does not need to know his circumstances. We all should see people the way children do.”
And his mom did the right thing by not only telling her son the truth about the troubled man outside the Waffle House, but letting him express his kindness openly and freely and touch another life with selfless kindness. And, of course, mom is extremely proud.
“Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness.”
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