Rebecca Boyd went to the movie theatre in Alabama with her daughter, 12-year-old Ashleigh. It had been a tough week for their family when her husband just got laid off from work. She knew that it would be a while before her daughter gets to do this again.
But instead of comfortable evening in the theater, the supposed-to-be nice evening was disrupted by the teenagers seated behind them.
Two girls were being very noisy and one of them kept kicking Rebecca’s seat. Even though she felt frustrated, she politely asked them to be quiet a number of times. However, they just ignored her pleas and continued to misbehave, but what occurred after the movie is what has caught the attention of the nation.
When the movie was over, Rebecca decided to let the two young ladies know their behavior had ruined her night. She wanted them to know how unhappy she was with their disrespect.
While Rebecca thought the incident was over, Nick Wood, the rude teens’ big brother who accompanied them in the theater, returned home and told their own mom, Kyesha Smith Wood, how rude the two girls had been.
Upon learning what happened, Kyesha was taken aback. She couldn’t let what she heard go. So, she took to Facebook in a search to find the woman who had scolded her daughter and stepdaughter at the theater.
Kyesha wrote a public post on her own profile as well as on McAdory-McCalla Community News Facebook page. It was then shared on the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office page.
The post read:
“If you are this woman, please message me. I can assure you that these girls are being strongly dealt with and appropriately punished. This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology,” Kyesha wrote.
“My husband and I are having them write your apology letter tonight and we would like to pay for your next movie and snacks out of their allowance. Please message me if this is you. I apologize profusely for their disrespect.”
The message went viral and after numerous shares and likes, it eventually reached Rebecca Boyd.
Kyesha said the incident affected the two girls in the right way.
“My girls are so mortified. They are humiliated. And, that’s okay because I told them, ‘You know what, you’re not going to do this again,’” she said.
She is full of praise for Rebecca’s actions and grateful that she forgave her girls “She’s the most gracious, kind and forgiving woman. I am so humbled by that, and I’ve been telling people the real hero of the story is her,” she said.
“She took it upon herself to correct my girls and no one else around them did.”
Aside from the girls learning their lesson, the Boyd family also got a few job offers. The parents and children have become good friends, sharing meals together.
The two moms share a belief in good old-fashioned parenting; that if you see a child have been behaving badly and a parent isn’t around, you call them out. If you are the parent and find out about your child’s bad behavior, you discipline them and make them apologize.
What a wonderful example of good parenting and forgiveness!