Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Young Fawn

The father held his small son in his arms as he walked around the store. They stopped first to look at the children's section. The boy picked up a Bambi stuffed toy, holding it tightly around the neck. They walked around the store, the father talking to his small son. Finally, he carried his purchases to the check-out counter. The fawn was still clutched in his arms.

As they walked away from the counter, the father told his small son that Bambi had to be put back on the shelf. Immediately huge tears appeared and screaming commenced.....and continued with the father trying to pull the stuffed toy from his grasp.

This situation was going downhill fast. I walked up to the struggling pair. "Would you let me look at Bambi?" I asked the small boy. Hesitantly, he handed the toy to me.

"Oooo," I said. "It is just as I thought. This is a new Bambi, just a baby. This Bambi can't leave the store yet. He's too little, but you can come back and visit him."

In my mind, I was sure this would work. It should have. It would if it were in a movie or a good book but not so that night in the Hallmark store. The boy left the store still crying against his father's shoulder.

The man stopped at the door, turning to me. "Thank you," he said. "I really mean it."

We don't know what we do that affects other people. We just try to do the best we can to be kind to ourselves and caring of others. Bambi still sits on the shelf. Perhaps the fawn will eventually find its way beneath a Christmas tree or into a birthday present. And, perhaps, a father will take time with his son with a bit more patience in himself as a father.


  1. That was a very creative move, even if it wasn't 100% successful!

  2. Susan, my boss is thrilled and intends to use the incident at the regional meeting. As she said, the father will return. I just know that the father found a new way to maybe work with his son.