Here’s a sort-of fairy tale for the twenty-first century.
Kyesha Smith Wood of Birmingham, Ala. was “humiliated” when she found out her 13-year-old daughter and stepdaughter were misbehaving at the movies last weekend, kicking another mom’s seat and talking over the movie. So she tried to track down the unknown woman in a neighborhood Facebook group:
“This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology," Kyesha wrote. "Please message me if this is you.”
Sgt. Jack Self reposted the messaged from Alabama’s Jefferson County Sheriff Office’s page with the caption, “What do you think of the way this local mom is handling this situation?”
The post quickly got over 250,000 Facebook likes, with people commending Wood’s style of parenting. And then Wood’s “long shot” came true -- the mom from the movies responded.
“I am the mom from the movie theatre,” Rebecca Boyd, from nearby Adger, responded. “I was very upset and disappointed in the girls behavior...the note from their mom brought me to tears and shows there is still good people in the world.”
She continued, “I have no hard feelings towards them and I am proud of their parents. The girls are [not] bad...they are children. Glad they are learning a lesson. I hope if my teenagers are out and they act up...I hope someone says something to them.”
"She's the most gracious, kind and forgiving woman," Wood told ABC News. “The real hero of the story [is] Ms. Boyd. The reason that I say that is because she took it upon herself to correct my girls, and nobody else around them did.”
Meanwhile, Rebecca had assumed Wood would have a different reaction: “I was expecting someone to be upset that I approached their daughters and spoke to them,” she explained. “I was shocked that the mother supported me.
But all’s well that ends well: Wood not only delivered the apology letter and allowance to Rebecca, but Rebecca’s family has gotten a number of job offers via Facebook! And Wood’s girls learned a lesson she never expected.
"[They said] ‘Mom, you broke the Internet!’” Wood recalled with a laugh. " My girls are so mortified. They are humiliated. That's OK though, because I told them, 'You know what, you're not going to do this again.’"
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