Bullies have been around since the dawn of time, but kids today have it way worse than when their parents remember growing up. As an parent, we want to protect our kids through anything and nothing hurts more than knowing your child is being bullied.
That’s why it helps so much when another child or stranger makes them laugh, smile and feel included in the fun. One Columbus, Georgia mom recently took to Facebook about negative bullying incident turned around, thanks to her local Chick-fil-A.
Wheelchair-bound son Caleb Merriken was purposely left out from playing with a group of kids during “Galaxy Night” at the restaurant.
“I felt like he might have been embarrassed, so I didn’t want to rub salt in the wound, but I had to talk to Caleb about it,” Kari Merriken wrote to ABC News. “I told him that I wanted him to take this experience and let it make him a better person than he already is. He’s such a good kid with a big heart. He is so brave and resilient. Dealing with his disease is not easy, but he doesn’t let it keep him from enjoying life. He keeps a positive outlook and a strong mind.”
Although she was heartbroken for her son, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, what happened to him was incredible. Two Chick-fil-A employees saw the incident and threw on their Star Wars gear to challenge the 8-year-old to a lightsaber duel.
The grateful mom later shared a photo to the Chick-fil-A Wynnton/ Macon Road Facebook page, commending the restaurant and thanking the workers “who were much cooler (and more skilled with a light saber) than mom”.
In a world filled with so much anger and hatred, it’s nice to know that you can also count on a lot more people than you expect! There’s so much love to be spread.
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[Featured Image: Facebook / Kari Wood Merriken]