A Simple Act of Kindness

If you think nothing of young people, then I would suggest you read this short story from Yvonne Abraham in the Boston Globe.  It’s about 17-year-old Rudy Favard, a Malden Catholic Senior.  Rudy’s the captain of the football team, an honor roll student and four nights a week he helps a family (one which he had no previous relationship with) carry their 8-year-old son up a flight of stairs because the son has cerebral palsy and the parents can’t do it themselves.

You couldn’t help but be struck by the painful contrast between the two boys: The robust athlete cradling the pale, helpless child; the young man preparing to go out into the world carrying someone who never will.

It’s a comparison lost on nobody, least of all Rudy himself.

Why?

“He’s done more for me than I’ve done for him,’’ Rudy said. “There are times when I don’t want to go to practice, and then I look at Sam. By God’s grace, I can do what I’m doing, so I should keep it up. I’ve never been one to complain a lot, but just seeing Sam reaffirms everything, you know?’’

Big streaming tears man.  I’m not one to get all teary, but maybe it’s because of the holidays or what, but when someone tells you the youth of today only give a shit about Facebook and their iPhones and whatnot, tell them about Rudy Favard.

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