I was sitting in my chiropractor’s office minding my own business when a young man came over to ask me if the tea he was going to make had caffeine in it. It was an orange peel tea and contained no caffeine. He said, very well because he didn’t need caffeine to get by and played a lot of sports. He was 15 years old.
The young man then proceeded to work the hot water machine. At first he didn’t know how to work it and was a bit embarrassed. He said, “You would think a freshman in high school with good grades should be able to figure this out immediately.” I told him jokingly, “I have a college degree and can barely turn on my phone.” He laughed and said, “I guess there is hope!”
He told me how well he is doing in school, and probably will advance a grade because school is so easy for him. He went on to say, “To play sports well you also need intelligence.” I agreed.
It was about 4 p.m. and he was waiting for his dad and brother to finish with the chiropractor and then they were heading to Fort Collins, where he would be joining his mother for Thanksgiving. I mentioned it was storming heavily outside and wished him and his family a safe drive. He said, “Don’t worry; I’m very confident in my dad’s driving. He hasn’t ever let me down yet.” (I was in AWE!)
Upon parting he wished me a very happy Thanksgiving and thanked me for a nice conversation and said, “It was truly a pleasure meeting you.” I told him the same.
This young man touched my heart in more ways than I can express. I so admired his friendly attitude and ability to talk with an adult much older than himself as well as his wit and quick humor. What a refreshing feeling I carried the rest of the day and will carry throughout the holidays. This young man’s parents should be so very proud. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite like him. He truly gave me a piece of humanity.
Thank you, young man. I think every once in a while we need a little reminder of how awesome young people can be. LUCKY ME!