OUR REWARD

Title: The Value of Proud

How much does it cost to find out if you brought your child up right?

There are many good stories that you never hear about. The holiday season is filled with people doing good things for other people. However, there are also horrific stories of people being killed for no apparent reason.

My son Dan and I like to call him my son, but in reality he’s my step-son, did something that made me proud. However, before I tell you that story, it’s important to know some background.

My wife and I were on the same page when we told him that he did nott have to get the highest marks in school. We wanted him to be a student the teachers liked to have in their class. During teacher conferences we heard about the things he could improve on, but more importantly, we heard what a joy it was to have him in class.

Yesterday, Dan had the opportunity to show his character. He found $80 in a bank parking lot. Eighty dollars is not a lot of money these days, but it is something you think twice about. He’s not a wealthy person and could have put the money in his pocket and gone about his day. He did not.

Dan went in the bank and told them he found the money in the parking lot. The young man who followed him into the bank subsequently claimed he lost the money. Dan suspected that was not the case, but the bank gave the man the money.

Later Dan learned who really lost the money.

In hindsight, he most likely thinks his attempt at being a good person was for naught. However, I think otherwise. I’m sure there are many more stories like this one, but to me, his action is priceless.

Lately, I seem to be writing about anything that crosses my view. To anyone reading this; eighty dollars and what it can buy will never equal what the value of that gesture meant to me. Maybe those who hear about it will be motivated to do their own good deed.

Dan, do not let one poor example of human character change your behavior…you did good, and you did what others should do. I’m so proud of you. Thank you.

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About Dick C Waters

Five published novels in the Scott Tucker series, and one short-story anthology. One romance novel published under Dixie Waters. Born in Boston Massachusetts Attended NorthEastern University Now Retired - Forty Plus Years in Computer Manufacturing/Distribution Former Real Estate Broker - MA Former PMI Certified Project Manager Several Director Level Positions Enjoy Reading and Writing
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