Human nature is still alive and well

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How about some good news about human nature? The ATM wasn’t working for deposits at my favorite branch of Wells Fargo near Kohl’s and Walmart. So I had to go in (poorly dressed and un-coifed after spending the night babysitting my grandson). From an annoyance, it turned into a great experience - not just for by banking and business needs - but I got to hear two great stories about Mount Pleasant. A couple was with a banker, looking concerned, trying to salvage their first born’s fifth birthday - a wallet had been lost with credit cards and $1,000 in cash at Walmart.

Thinking all was lost, a miracle happened and they got a call from the police that the wallet was turned in and everything single thing was left intact including the cash. An honest man had turned it in, not leaving his name. Needless to say, not only was the birthday plans restored. Faith in human goodness was as well.

Then my banker shared a similar story of how her wallet was also returned intact in similar circumstances, here in Mount Pleasant. May all honest good Samaritans be especially blessed.

What would you do under those circumstances?

Here is a related example:

Dear Liz,

My son (8) and I were shopping for school supplies when we saw a man reach into a lady’s purse in the cart and take out her wallet. She was preoccupied with her school list. My son yelled out, “Stop, thief.” The man dropped the wallet and ran. My son gave the wallet to the lady, now crying and embarrassed and she insisted on giving my son $20 as a reward. He was torn, he’d been taught at home and at church that we do nice things for people following the example of Jesus Christ. He really wanted some new shoes for school - and that money would make it happen - what to do? I gave in and let him accept it.

He got his shoes. But he told me he still has mixed feelings as do I.

I am deeply proud of my son for his attitude. Did we do the right thing? By the way, The man was caught.


Dear Pondering,

Wow, great story. Congratulate your son on having such fine character. Also, well done, parents.

A child 8-year-old is considered mature enough to know right from wrong - which is why it is considered the age of accountability in several church denominations -and that is the first year they can be baptized.

As for your question, I am torn as well. I think either choice can be correct.

Your son’s observation and courage saved a lot of loss and heartache for that lady. I’d insist on giving a reward if that were me. And, he helped the East of the Cooper community, by helping the police catch a thief.

I’m happy he got new shoes for school, which it sounds as though he might not have unless that happened.

Discuss his feelings, maybe even with your church leader, so he can feel good about himself.Things happen for a reason and multiple people can be blessed as a result. It sounds as though our future is bright, with righteous minded courageous kids like your son. Bravo.

Contact Liz via asksharpliz@gmail.com. Liz Brisacher Sharp is a Master degree level Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice with 35 years experience in mental health.

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