The other morning I was driving my kids to school I noticed two boys in the car in front taunting another kid who was walking along beside their car (we were going very slow due to congestion). You could tell the boys in front were the “popular” boys. They were driving a hotted up Ute with music blaring.. etc. It broke my heart to see the devastation on the other boys face due to the fact that so many of us that witnessed it.. He was being was publicly humiliated. He dropped his shoulders and slowed down. My heart sort of broke, but more than anything my blood boiled.
For the next 2 minutes I followed them and I wondered.. Should I follow them? Should I say something? I think we have all been in that moment. Should we act? Is it any of our business?
I decided that I would.. Right or Wrong.. I wonder?
I pulled up beside those boys and I said “Mate I saw what you just did” He just looked back with this mortified face which was growing red by the second. I won’t go into the specifics but I told him what I thought.
During this ordeal many parents started to arrive and were looking over at the commotion.
I chose to act. I chose to stand up for what I believed was right.. I wondered if I should I share this story due to the fact that it’s sounds egotistical as in I’m blowing my own trumpet.. I am certainly not, I assure you. I also know there would be some of you that may not agree with what I did. But to me it was the right thing to do.
The point of me writing this is it saddens me that too many people walk past.. too many people turn the other cheek. I was shocked the other day when Natalie Brown from Easy Peasy kids told me know she witnessed a man fall out of a wheel chair and people just walked past… Her and her kids had to stop their car to jump out and help him up.
I believe one of the problems with our society is that we have become too cellular as in we worry about ourselves too much.. We have lost our community pulse.
Don’t get me wrong I have also walked past things I shouldn’t have. But since becoming a parent I have made a conscious decision to act. I would rather my children witness me “act” rather than walk past..