This kid needs help washing his hands and he’s not afraid to ask for it
If your kid’s of the age where they’re too old to use the opposite sex bathroom, you know the sheer terror you feel letting them go by themselves at first. You prep them before they go in, “Son, do your business, don’t talk to anyone, lock the bathroom stall behind you, and do not, I repeat do not forget to wash your hands. With soap.”
But never do you think to mention, “Hey, also, don’t crawl into someone else’s stall to strike up a conversation while they’re pooping.”
Apparently, this is one all parents need to add to the checklist because four-year-old, Levi, did just that in a Chick-Fil-A bathroom when he needed help washing his hands. And while I get all over my kids for their use of electronics every damn place they go, we are all eternity grateful this teen had his ready and caught the glorious exchange on video.
Andrew (Drew) was just minding his own business while taking care of business in a Chick-Fil-A bathroom when a very well mannered Levi stuck his head under his stall to introduce himself, as you do. When the stranger responded with “Andrew,” this seemed like the invitation he’d been waiting for and decides to crawl the rest of the way in to ask him to “hold [him] and help [him] wash his hands.”
After a chuckle and a “uhmmmmmmm,” Drew tells him maybe he should try to find his mom outside to help him. Then they have a brief exchange about mouthwash and the adorable boy goes on his way, but not before leaving his new friend stranded on the pot with the bathroom door now wide open.
As a mom whose six-year-old son recently started using the men’s room by himself, I feel this story on so many levels. I’m usually the one outside, awkwardly holding the door ajar like a total creeper yelling, “You doing ok, bud? Everything ok? Did you poop? Did you wipe?” while grown men are probably in there looking at my kid like, “Dude, happens to the best of us. She’ll stop doing this eventually.”
If you’re thinking, “This story couldn’t possibly get any better,” you’d be wrong. The little boy’s dad saw Drew’s post and decided to publicly thank him for his kindness.
“Hey, Drew. That’s my boy. I’m terribly sorry for the intrusion. He’s very, very friendly, sometimes a bit too much. You handled it extremely well. Thanks for being kind to him. I truly appreciate your understanding and sense of humor about this!”
Stevens told Scary Mommy his son isn’t always the best listener (we feel you, Len). “His mom wanted to take him into the women’s room but he bolted into the mens. She thought about going in after,” he said. “Andrew works there. I think Levi saw his uniform and figured he would help. Mom was just outside the door and heard the conversation and some laughter which is common when Levi is around.”
Drew, the consummate professional, responded in kind:
All in all it was a pretty good day. Mom helped Levi wash his hands, he made a new friend, they got to eat Chick-Fil-A, and Andrew is now internet famous. It’s a win-win-win.
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