‘Who’s the cute little old man?,’ I asked. ‘He stands at the steps and encourages all the students. He gives us advice and fist bumps! It’s the best part of our day.’: Mom touched by 94-year-old’s act of kindness

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“I am a mom of 4 kids under the age of 10. As a parent I am constantly trying to encourage my kids. In our house our motto is, ‘If it isn’t motivating, encouraging or inspiring, don’t say it.’ My hope is the words I use to inspire them stick with them when the world isn’t so nice. This year is my oldest daughter Audrey’s first year in middle school. She can be really shy, and like all middle schoolers was nervous to start a new school.

Today when I was taking Audrey to school we were early, so instead of dropping her off at the corner like I usually do, I took her to parent drop off.

When we pulled in to the school she said, ‘Oh no! I forgot I like you dropping me off at the corner, so I can talk to the cute, little old man. And today I would have had more time!’

‘Who’s the cute little old man?,’ I asked.

‘He stands at the steps where you drop me off and encourages all the students as they walk in. He talks about kindness, gives us advice and fist bumps! It’s the best part of the day.’

Old man who stands outside middle school to encourage students fists bumps teen boy
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So, when I drove by I saw him, and my heart literally burst. This is exactly the kind of love and support our middle schoolers need. This man stands outside the school every day and gives the gift of encouragement to every student that comes near him. Come to find out, his name is Wally, he is 94 and he has been doing this for years!

Old man who stands outside middle school to encourage kids stands giving young girl advice
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Old man who stands outside middle school to encourage kids stands smiling with arm around young girl
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For a parent, knowing you are doing the best you can, having a person like Wally reiterate the love you have for your kids is very encouraging. As I sat there listening to what he was telling the kids, most of them were able to recite those sentiments back. You know he is making a difference because the kids ARE listening to him. Hopefully as they move along their day they remember those words and make better choices than they would have if they hadn’t come across him. I think if there were more Wally’s in the world, it goes without saying the world would be a better place.

This is what I saw this morning. I was lucky enough to catch one of his infamous fist bumps!

I strive to be like this guy as much as possible…we all should. My day has officially been made!”

Mother smiles in selfie with old man who stands outside her child's middle school to encourage kids
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