“Kindness is something anyone can give without losing anything themselves.” — RAKtivist
10-year-old Ryan King was very happy when she got a slip from her school to for a field trip to the nearby Falls of Ohio, a fossil bed on the Ohio River. This educational trip would require hiking along the rugged terrain. Ryan was happy about the trip, however, her mother was a little worried. The simple reason being that Ryan suffered from Spina Bifida, and would not be able to walk or trek the terrain.
Her mother opted for the museum instead, but that meant only Ryan and her mother going alone. This made Ryan upset. Finally, Ryan’s mother decided to chaperon along with her on the trip and carry her throughout the way. While she prepared for the trip, Jim Freeman, a teacher at Ryan’s school came up with a suggestion.
Jim Freeman willingly offered to carry Ryan. He does not teach Ryan but was happy to take the physical challenge. Ryan’s mother was amazed that why would someone carry a deadweight of 50 pounds as Ryan cannot even wrap her legs. She says that for her it is different, as she is her mother and mothers are supposed to be there for their children. However, she appreciated the help offered by Freeman, who carried the 10-year-old fourth-grader in 32 degrees for an hour.
Ryan was very happy. She did not want her mother to accompany her and this was totally an independent trip for her where she enjoyed with friends. She says that her classmates were jealous of her.
Ryan’s mother had uploaded pictures of Freeman carrying her daughter on Facebook. Many mothers of children with special needs appreciated this gesture and his story went viral.
This post is part of the We Are the World Blogfest, a monthly blogging event created by Damyanti Biswas and Belinda Witzenhausen to showcase stories of hope and light. This month, the co-hosts are Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein, Eric Lahti and Lizbeth Hartz. Please hop over to check out their WATWB posts as well as from other WATWB participants for a dose of feel-good to last you a whole month. You’ll be happy you did!