Brent Gehring’s daughter Emma is only 6-years-old and she is soon entering her seventh round of chemotherapy.
Yes! You heard that right, her seventh round. The chemotherapy is required in order to fight a brain tumor but most people can’t tell by her look that she is sick. But due to her condition, she can’t walk around without a walker. So, Brent has to sometimes carry her.
Carrying around a 6-year-old is not easy and neither watching his little girl and his wife go through such a traumatizing experience. But what he least expected was for people to pass judgment on his family on the streets.
But this happened when one day he went out to dinner with his family. He shared the story on Facebook and it ended up going viral.
“My daughter and I were leaving dinner the other night at Union Oyster House in Boston, MA. A dinner donated to us by an amazing business and friend that has been in our ‘family’ for years,” he explained. “When I crossed the street carrying her, she can’t walk without the use of her walker. A man yelled at me from 30’ away: ‘What the F*+k?’ He yelled. ‘Make her walk. That’s what is wrong with kids today.’”
Oh and the age-old “that’s what’s wrong with kids today” bit. The source of this comment is always the same – the angry bitter adults. The ones who fail to accept that they are the ones responsible for raising the same kids they are complaining about.
Brent was obviously angry. Not only was this guy abusing them but was judging his parenting. At this point, Brent had to make a choice that is whether to sink down to his level or teach him a valuable lesson and he chose the latter.
“I had a choice to make at that time. Can I make myself feel better by screaming at him or can I teach him something about life? I won’t lie to you and tell you that it was an easy choice but I got inches from his face, with my daughter in my arms, and quietly asked him if he was referring to my daughter. ‘Hell yes’ he said,” Brent explains in his post.
Let’s just say this guy ended up getting his ass kicked but not physically.
This is what Brent told the man:
He said, “My daughter has been carrying my faith and my strength for the past 5 years since she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She can’t walk but I am happy to carry her because of all the amazing things she has taught me through the years. So I would advise you not to address my daughter in any way other than respectful.”
“This story is only important if it serves as a reminder that you don’t always know the whole story so don’t judge others,” Brent said.
He further said, “This post doesn’t come looking for pity for Emma or my family. What I am asking is for a change in today’s world… a change in the way we think. The world is what we as people make it. We have the power to make days better or worse for others. I choose to attempt to make lives better.”
Source – Shareably