Charles Ramsey is the man

I can remember a trip to the grocery I made with my mom and siblings when I was a little kid. My family had just finished shopping at Vons when we walked out to the parking lot to load our groceries into the car. When we walked out of the store, we saw a man yelling at a woman. Their fight intensified, and eventually led to the man hitting the young lady he was yelling at.

The young woman was crying as she sat on the ground and the yelling continued. People walked by her and stared, but my mom wasn’t one of those people. She yelled at the man to stop. He looked her way and then took off running. My mom then walked over to the girl to help her up and offer her a ride home.

There were other people in the parking lot of that grocery store. They, like me, watched as my mom stopped to help that girl. My mom didn’t have to do it. She could have rationalized not helping. After all, she had four little kids with her. But she didn’t, she took action.

John F. Kennedy said, “There are risks and consequences to action, but they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”

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