How often do appearances cause you to judge someone else? If we’re honest, probably a lot more often than we would like to admit. We might not say anything about the tattoos, scars, clothing choices, or hair styles that we see when we’re out in public, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t guilty of thinking them. This grandma was just focused on taking her granddaughter out to get a yummy treat when she suddenly found herself tested in a way that she never expected. What an incredible story.
My six-year-old granddaughter, Caitlynd, and I stopped at a Tim Horton’s donut shop for a blueberry muffin. As we were going out the door, a young teenage boy was coming in.
This young man had no hair on the sides of his head and tuft of blue spiked hair on top of it. One of his nostrils was pierced, and attached to the hoop that ran through the hole, was a chain that draped across his face and attached to a ring he was wearing in his ear. He held a skateboard under one arm and a basketball under the other.
Caitlynd, who was walking ahead of me, stopped in her tracks when she saw the teen. I thought he’d scared the dickens out of her and she’d frozen on the spot.
I was wrong.
My “GrandAngel” backed up against the door and opened it as wide as it would go. Now I was face to face with the young man. I stepped aside and let him pass. His gracious response was a kind, “Thank you very much.”
On our way to the car, I commended Caitlynd for her manners in holding open the door for the young man. She didn’t seem to be troubled by his appearance but I wanted to make sure. If a grandmotherly talk about freedom of self expression and allowing people their differences was in order, I wanted to be ready.
As it turned out, the person who needed the talk was me.
The only thing Caitlynd noticed about the teen, was the fact that his arms were full. “He woulda’ had a hard time to open the door with the basketball and skateboard.”
I saw the partially shaved head, the tuft of spiked hair, the piercings and the chain. She saw a person carrying something under each arm and heading toward a door.
In the future, I hope to get down on her level and raise my sights.
Even though this grandma made her own snap decisions and opinions about the teen walking towards them, she tried to make sure that her granddaughter didn’t. She wanted to teach her that it doesn’t matter what someone looks like on the outside…but it turned out that she needed a lesson, herself! At least she can be proud that her little “grand angel” is growing into a wonderful addition to society! So sweet!
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Source, Terri McPherson