Brandon a big help after boy’s fall
ONE evening in early April, my youngest son, Will, and his friends were skateboarding at the Sargent Park Skatepark.
About five minutes after I texted to tell him when I would be picking them up, Will accidentally gave himself a torrential bloody nose with his skateboard.
Even stoic pre-teens/early teens crumble a bit when hurt, so it was lucky for both Will and me an amazing young man named Brandon stepped in to help.
Brandon, who works at the Green Apple Skateboard Shop, did not know my son and his friends, but he immediately stepped in, helped keep Will calm and helped him with the bleeding. Poor Brandon got Will’s blood all over his sweater!
Brandon stayed with the boys until I arrived, making sure Will was all right. When I pulled up, Brandon immediately ran over and let me know Will was OK. Then he told me his name and what had happened. He even knew to infuse humour into the situation, so I wouldn’t be too worried. By the time I had all the boys in the car and had tended to Will, I had forgotten Brandon’s name, and he had left. I felt awful I hadn’t properly thanked him in the moment. Thank goodness my boys remembered his name and where he worked! I was able to go and drop off a thank-you card to let him know how much I appreciated his kindness.
Brandon demonstrated compassion, kindness and responsibility. He saw a boy get hurt and took it upon himself to ensure that boy was safe.
Thank you, Brandon, for staying with Will until I arrived. Thank you for helping my son when he was hurt. Thank you for letting me know what occurred. I am grateful you were there that day. You are an amazing example of the potential of young adults today! Skateboarders are awesome!