We often look at the world as a cruel and unforgiving place, but never forget that it’s beautiful too. Some people who care still exist. Recently, the small act of kindness of a college student named Five had a remarkable impact on a person with cerebral palsy.
Lee Bondurant, a 51-year-old resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, was struggling to enjoy a decent meal with his mom when a stranger offered to help him.
Lee’s mother, Linda Bondurant-Snow, was trying to feed herself and her son during a Memorial Day weekend meal at 42nd St. Oyster Bar in Raleigh. After learning that Lee had cerebral palsy, Five, a college student and waiter, took a break from his job to feed Lee.
“He casually came over and asked Lee if he had ever had oysters,” Linda recalled.
When Lee replied that he had not, Five proposed to bring him his first. The shocked mother thanked Five for not embarrassing Lee and handling everything with such dignity. She was deeply touched because of the respect the young man showed while doing so.
“When you dine at 42nd Street Oyster Bar please ask for a server by the name of “FIVE” (a college student). He saw me trying to eat and help Lee,” she wrote.
After the story went viral, Hunter Correll, the general manager of the place, also appreciated Five’s new found fame and added how thankful they were to have such wonderful and caring employees.
He commented, “In regards to the story, Five has been overwhelmed with the attention, as he was just doing what he thought was the right thing to do. We are beyond fortunate to have so many loyal and caring staff members. It makes it so easy to come to work every day, as you can imagine.”
After this incident, Linda wishes that people will learn how important it is to treat individuals who have special needs “with respect and kindness, not pity.”
According to her, “They are ‘normal’ on the inside.” Referring to her son, she continued, “(They) have the same feelings we all do.” Five’s act left Lee and Linda both in happy tears. Five and Lee have become good friends. Lee and Linda often visit the Oyster Bar to meet their dear pal.