Most-Wholesome-Thing-Ever-SeenMy brother is autistic and while he has excellent language skills, it's very visibly obvious that he is mentally disabled. We were in the Costco food court eating a hot dog when he started loudly singing a Madonna song. Bless his heart but he is a terrible singer. There were a group of teens who, if you were to stereotype/judge by looking at them, looked like 'hooligans' sitting behind us. I was worried at first that we were going to get the usual BS comments but they started singing along with him! One came over, high fived him and started dancing. I will never, ever forget that as long as I live.
Most-Wholesome-Thing-Ever-SeenI was at a movie theater with my family. We were in line at the concessions stand. I was about 15 at the time. Across the lobby, I see an elderly couple sitting on a bench together waiting for whatever they're waiting for. The man is a stout fellow with a large white beard. Imagine Santa Claus. His wife, also has white hair and is wearing nice clothes. Imagine Mrs. Claus. In walks a family. A mother, a father, and 2 children. A son and a daughter. Both of these children are clearly special needs. The boy appears to be about 10 while the girl is about 17 or so. The girl and her family are waiting just a few feet behind us when the girl notices the elderly couple sitting on the bench. More specifically, the elderly man. She blurts out in excitement "Are you Santa Claus?" The man smiles at his wife, then back at the girl, and informs her that he is indeed Santa Claus. The girl rushes over eager to give the man she believes to be Santa a hug, followed by her brother. The father takes a picture of Santa, Mrs. Claus, and his 2 children. After this, Santa takes out his wallet and pulls out an autographed picture of Santa from it. Hands it to the girl who shrieks with excitement and goes on her merry way back to the concessions line. 10 years later, I've never forgotten it. Never will.
Most-Wholesome-Thing-Ever-SeenI’m a record producer. On a particular song the client wanted a child’s voice to open it, so the bassist’s 10 year-old son came and recorded a vocal part. Once we wrapped, the singer said to the kid: “Musicians get paid.” And he handed the kid a £20 note. The bassist then did the same. A small gesture maybe, but in our world making a living is hard and it was amazing to see professionals showing how it ought to be.
Most-Wholesome-Thing-Ever-SeenA friend and I were talking and she said "s**t" in front of the kid of another friend. I dismissed it by saying "Eh, she probably knows worse" We asked what was the worse word she knows. She very carefully looked around just in case her parents were around and whispered "selfish"
Most-Wholesome-Thing-Ever-SeenOne Christmas season I saw a young woman (late teens or early '20s) walking through an IKEA picking up things in the huge marketplace area, taking a picture of them, putting them back, and moving on. She was obviously thinking intently about gifts but I was confused - was she making a wish list or something? An employee saw this and asked if they could help her find something. She says: Oh, no thank you. I'm helping my Dad Christmas shop. He works really hard and has very little time, plus when he gets off work his brain is just fried. So every year when I'm on break, I go around to a bunch of stores and take pictures of things I think my Mom would really like. Then I'll show them to him at home, we talk about them and he picks some out. Then I go back and get them. It's the least I can do for him, plus it's kinda become our little secret Christmas tradition. Mom has no idea.
Most-Wholesome-Thing-Ever-SeenI was headed to Oakland from San Francisco through the tube. The train's packed as always. People on BART [San Francisco's public train] are good about public transit etiquette in general during commute hours so nobody's talking or listening to music or anything. When we leave the tube onto the viaduct over the Port, one guy answers his phone. "Hello?... Yeah?... Oh my God... What hospital?... Okay I'll be there as soon as I can." He hangs up and just looks super distraught. Someone taps him on the shoulder and says "My car is parked at West Oakland. Do you need a ride?" He agrees and they get off together. [It was] a little gesture but it was uplifting to see someone volunteer for a stranger like that.
Most-Wholesome-Thing-Ever-SeenWhen my youngest brother was about 8 or 9-years-old (he's 12 now), he came home with a "Student of the Month" paper in his folder. He heard that the school custodian had recently come back from having back surgery, so after lunch he gathered a few of his buddies and they swept the cafeteria to give the custodian a break. He was so humble about it too, he didn't care that he got noticed. I just remember being so proud and crying a bit, because although I knew he is a good nugget, I just didn't expect him to go out of his way at such a young age - and to get his buddies to follow. Makes my heart happy.
Most-Wholesome-Thing-Ever-SeenI had a teacher in high school who had a reputation as being the super tough, mean, older African American lady. She taught health class. There was a mandatory CPR class that we had to pay for, and there was no way I could pay for anything in those days. CPR day came, and she told me to go with the other students. I gave her a confused look to which she replied "You’re good baby." And she had paid for me. Later in the year, I fell asleep in her class. It was a home game day (basketball), and she told me to lay back down after the bell had rung. It was the last period of the day, she told me she'd wake me up before I had to report to the gym. She dimmed the lights, and played some light jazz while she did her work at the computer. I hadn't been sleeping well at home and I'm guessing she knew. I woke up when she brought the lights back up and she handed me one of her "cup of soups" she had warmed up. We never really spoke much, but she had my back and I made sure she knew I had hers. On senior night, they introduce the players and say some stuff about them as they walk to center court, typically with parents arm in arm. When it was almost my time to walk, she saw that I was alone. Bless her heart, she about fell down from her seat running towards me. She put her arm through mine and just looked forward, chin up proud as hell as they read my stats/grades/etc. I remember that walk and how I wish I had a picture or recording from that day showing how big I must have been smiling. My friends' mothers had tears in their eyes. They made sure to invite me to dinner with them after the game and I made sure it was ok that I brought my teacher. She politely declined and just told me she was proud of me. After I graduated, and was a bit better on my feet, I returned to visit her. It was honestly the only thing that could get me back in that place. Each time I'd bring flowers and/or food and made sure to do it in front of students and made sure they knew to respect her.
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The proper terminology for their genitals. Other adults aren't always going to know what your kid means when they say "someone played with my monkey or my tutu," and predators aren't going to call them by the proper names either, so it's another deterent for abuse to occur. Vagina, Penis, Vulva, Testicles- these are not dirty words people.