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Proud of my son.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Last night I was coming home on the bus but could
only go halfway as the bus I was waiting for at 11.10pm
had left at 11.01 pm. I found this out when a bus travelling
to Southport pulled up and I asked the driver if the 706 was
coming behind him and he told me it had already left. Ughh.

I decided to get the bus into Southport and wait for a bus
that would take me closer to my home. I had 3 American
exchange students for company. We all got off at Southport
and they were waiting to get the bus to the University. It was
good to have some company.

There was also a 17 year old boy waiting there and he proudly
proceeded to tell us that he can't wait to turn 18 so that he drink
and go to the pubs to get 'booze'. We all were shocked. Then he
proudly told us he is banned from attending any school in
Queensland and his brother has been banned from any school in
Australia. What a sad and lost soul. Where are the parents?

The University bus came and I was left to wait another 30 minutes
so I phoned my son and he said he'd be right over to pick me up. The temporary bus stop is right outside the Police Station so I felt safe. It
had been raining and had turned cold. As I went to sit down I noticed
a man sitting there wrapped up in a blanket and was curled up as
though he was in pain.
Another man came up and said "The man just got out of hospital, can
you make sure he gets on an Ashmore bus. I have to keep walking as I
have to walk home." Pass the buck you loser I thought. I went closer
and saw the man still had his hospital wristband ID on and a tube coming
out of his nose. The hospital was a good 10 minutes walk away and I
have no idea how this poor man shuffled all the way to the bus stop.
The other big question was who gets release from hospital at 11.30 pm.

I checked the schedule and there was no bus to where he wanted to go.
My son came and I said that poor man needs to get to Ashmore and there
are won't be a bus coming. Without being asked, my son said
" I think we should give him a lift home. We can't just leave him there."
I was so proud of him. Even though he was bullied at school, he has
become a wonderful, compassionate young man. I gave him the biggest
hug imaginable.

I then walked over to this poor man and helped him walked to
our car and got him to sit in the front next to my son as there was more
room. He gave us the address and we dropped him off. All he kept saying
was thank you and you are so kind to me.

I think the house was a boarding house and I walked him in and told
the other people to look after him. On the way home I told my son we
did something for another human being and I was very proud of him.
I also told him that there could have been repercussions if something
had happened to this man in the car. I'm sure he just dragged himself
away from the hospital without anyone noticing. I should have called
the hospital, but I was too tired. The main thing was that we helped
someone without thinking "I shouldn't get involved."

He always phones or texts when I go out. Talk about the shoe being
on the other foot. I will never forget the night I came home at 1am -
shock horror mum stayed out late. He was waiting up for me and
asking if I was OK and why didn't I reply to his texts.(My phone's
battery had died). Didn't dawn on me he'd be worrying about me.
I should have used a pay phone to call him. It all takes a little bit of consideration. Being the mum, I said now you know why I can't
sleep until I know you are safely at home after you have been out.

I learned a lesson that night. We are all human beings and need to
be loved and cherished. Sometimes when something happens in our
lives, we get so overwhelmed that we don't always cope that well.
Some turn to food, some to alcohol or drugs to cope. I am so glad I
have a great son so that when I do get down, I talk to him and he
always manages to make me laugh. He told me that laughter has
helped him cope when he gets down in the dumps. I am going to
'Laughter Yoga' next friday and I am really looking forward to the

He is a very wise 25 year old. So people, laugh a lot and laugh out loud.
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    What a wonderful story. You did a good job with that boy. emoticon
    1794 days ago
    Bravo vasili and of course to you too Anna for raising him with good scruples.
    1795 days ago
    You deserve to feel proud and relieved.
    All that job made, i am sure not very easily....has been paid with the good man you ve raised.
    Happy for you MOM
    1796 days ago
    You are a very lucky woman, Anna. Be blessed, you and your wonderful child.
    1797 days ago
    I'm proud of both of you for helping this poor man. I hope he is all right.

    Your son sounds very compassionate. Mine is as well. We are very blessed.
    1797 days ago
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    1798 days ago
    Great blog. Thanks.
    1798 days ago
    What a story of compassion. Bless the 2 of you.
    1798 days ago
    Wow, what an experience for both of you, Anna! Your son is the good man he is because you have shone as example for him - nurturing that goodness.
    1798 days ago
    How lovely Anna, so glad you and your lovely son was so compassionate as to help a stranger .
    You and your Son have hearts of gold .. We need more like you in this world my friend ..
    Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1798 days ago
    awesome blog you raised an awesome son. you and your son are the best we need more people like you in the world, hugs
    1799 days ago
    What a great blog. Thank you so much for sharing. And it sounds like you raised a wonderful young man.
    1799 days ago
    When you missed the first bus, I bet it never occured to you that you would intervene to help someone who couldn't help himself that night. Chance? Maybe.
    It's also no chance that you have a loving, caring son.

    If I ever find myself in a place where I can't help myself, I hope you miss the right bus again.
    1799 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/17/2013 11:25:22 AM
    Your son is awesome. Sometimes even though the world is a little scary, you just have to help anyway. Isn't it great to hear good things about young people instead of drugs and murders. They don't put things like that in the news very often, though I wish they would. Your son loves you very much and I can tell it is given back. You have a heart of gold Anna.
    1799 days ago
    oh Anna your son has a warm heart just like you. What a sweet story. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
    Wish I could do Laughter Yoga! That sounds perfect!
    Sending two hugs one for you and one for your son. emoticon emoticon
    1799 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    you must be beaming with pride!!!
    what an awesome young man your son has become!!!

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    1799 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/17/2013 10:46:05 AM
  • KANOE10
    Goanna..You have a wonderful son. I would be proud of him also. You both were compassionate and helped that man. I am glad you made it home safely at that late hour. Your laughter yoga sounds interesting.

    1799 days ago
    emoticon emoticon ANNA, sorry I have been missing life got in the way.

    I think I would have been terrified to intervene the way you and your son did. You were brave and so very kind to help the poor man. You are so fortunate to have your son close by. That was my expectation in life but all three of our son's live too far away. Only one in our time zone but it still takes days travel to get there. No way to fly there either.
    I am so happy for you. HUGS and much love from Pat in Maine. I miss our son's every day. 2 have families and that helps. The one out there alone I worry about. HUGS Pat -You are a stellar MOM emoticon
    1799 days ago
    great blog and such a wonderful thing to do, care for someone else. We do not do enough of this now days. emoticon m emoticon m
    1799 days ago
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