A new mother is assisted by two young men in soothing her sobbing child. They expect to never see her again after saying goodbye that day, but the following day, she surprises them by paying them a surprise visit while riding in a police car.
Liz had a miserable morning. Her one-year-old wouldn’t stop wailing when she left the pediatrician’s office, and no matter what Liz did to soothe him down, it didn’t work. Joe usually calmed down in a matter of minutes, but after almost 30 minutes, he was still sobbing.
Liz groaned helplessly, “Honey, please calm down.” “Okay, Mom’s taking you home soon. Joe, be a good boy.
But Joe had made up his mind that he wouldn’t behave well, so he continued to bother his mother. At this time, Liz was unsure about what to do. People were staring at her horribly as she rocked him and strolled outside the doctor’s office. She lamented, “They must be thinking I’m a bad mother!”
Liz, a recent mother, had recently moved to a different part of New Mexico. Joe didn’t make it any easier for her because she was already having trouble acclimating to her new environment.
She had to care for Joe by herself because her husband, a businessman, frequently traveled for work. Of course Liz could have hired a nanny, but she preferred for her child to grow up in the company of his family and with his mother’s guidance.
Look how tall that tree is, Joe! Take a look at those birds! Liz replied, attempting to divert attention away from her wailing child, but in vain.
She abruptly became aware of a voice behind her. It said, “If you don’t mind, ma’am, I can help you.
Liz looked around and noticed two men with greasy-looking clothing. They were in their mid-to-late 20s. “I apologize. What can I help with? She inquired, perplexed.
“Your child. One of them said, “I can try to get him to be quiet. Daniel here; this is my friend Kevin. We work at a local auto repair facility. We just happened to notice you as we were heading to work. May I?”
Liz hesitated before responding, “Oh.” “I’m not sure. Joe is being a real pain right now. I believe he will just cause you more difficulties. Are you certain?
Of course, ma’am. Hi, Joe!” Daniel said while grinning. “This is my friend, and my name is Daniel. Would you like to play a game with us? Okay, we’re going to hide so you can find us.
Daniel cried, “Joe! Joe!” while covering his face with his hands. Locate me!
Joe was still sobbing, but his attention was drawn to Daniel as he started to play with him.
“Two! One! Two! And you discovered me! Daniel exposed his face before covering it once more.
“Oh no! I had to hide once more! Joe! Look me up!” He once more showed his face.
With a smile, he exclaimed, “And you found me.”
After doing this three or four times, Daniel finally got Joe to stop sobbing and look at him in silence.
Daniel put on a deceptively sorrowful look and pretended to cry. “A grin, please! Kevin, Joe is not grinning at you! Mwawww….Mwawww….”
Joe clasped his hands in excitement and started to giggle. “Heeeheee!! Mawmy! Mawvy!!” He laughed uncontrollably as Daniel feigned to be inconsolable.
Liz was incredibly appreciative to the men for successfully calming her infant; she couldn’t help but smile at their success.
“Oh, God! He was making such a fuss! I appreciate you assisting me. By the way, my name is Liz.
Liz, no problem,” Daniel grinned. Do you mind if I briefly hold Joe?
Oh, definitely not. Here….”
Liz wondered if Daniel was a father because she saw how good with kids he was when he played with Joe. She inquired abruptly, “Do you have any children of your own, Daniel?”
He chuckled. “Not really, but since our parents passed away, I have been raising my 8 younger siblings by myself. You could say they resemble my own children in certain aspects. Only 15 months old, my youngest brother shares a lot of similarities with Joe. Joe is a good guy, though, and he won’t bother his mother again. Joe, will you? The child responded by grinning broadly.
You must find it challenging, though. Liz hesitantly said, “I only have one child, and I am all over the place trying to figure things out. How do you manage it all?
But aren’t kids the cutest? I mean, it’s been a little difficult financially with the epidemic and now the inflation and price hikes, and I think the majority of people in the state are struggling these days. To be honest, he said, “baby food and diapers are now beyond the means of people like me, but you can’t escape your obligations, can you? However, it’s significantly more challenging if you’re the only earner.
Liz bowed sorrowfully as she led Joe away.
“We must leave immediately for work. Joe, it was great to meet you,” replied Daniel. “Bye-Bye!”
Liz was really concerned when the two men said farewell to Joe and left. She had a strong desire to assist Daniel and his siblings.
The following day, Daniel and Kevin were hard at work at their auto repair business. That day, they had a ton of work, and all they wanted was to finish it up. While they were engaged in conversation, they abruptly spotted a police cruiser arrive in front of their store.
“A police car? What is happening? When Daniel walked up to the car, he was unprepared for what he would see. Liz approached him after exiting the car. She wore black sunglasses and a police suit.
Daniel, how are you doing? she inquired.
“Liz? What the hell, you’re a cop?
She grinned. “This officer is employed by the New Mexico Police Department. In appreciation for everything you did for me yesterday, I’ve got a small surprise for you.
Liz opened the trunk of her car, which was stuffed with baby food, diapers, and a sizable bag of groceries. “Joe is with his grandmother now, so I get to do what I enjoy the most—protecting and serving others, which without a doubt involves obtaining baby food and diapers for a kind citizen who doesn’t think twice about providing aid to those in need.”
Oh my God Liz! Joe was sobbing. “You weren’t required to,”
“I must, Joe. Trust me,” she said, grinning. “I hope this will benefit your family,”
What can we take away from this narrative?
Not every hero dons a cape. Others dress in police gear. Liz was touched by Daniel’s goodwill in assisting her in soothing her wailing infant, so she made the decision to lend a hand by purchasing groceries and baby supplies for Daniel’s family. She also acquired a truckload of it.
More appreciation is required for men. While raising his brothers and being the only breadwinner in the family is not easy, Daniel is doing a remarkable job and deserves praise.
Tell your friends about this experience. It might motivate them and make their day better.