Kids can be cruel. This terrible reality is even more true for kids with special needs, like 8-year-old Caleb Merriken of Columbus, Georgia. Caleb and his mom, Kari, attended their local Chick-fil-A's Star Wars-themed "Galaxy Night" on July 2nd. What started as a truly upsetting experience quickly turned into a positive one, thanks to the good people at Chick-fil-A.
Caleb, who has spinal muscular atrophy and requires the use of a wheelchair, asked some other kids if he could play with them. Their response?
No, we're good.
Kari told ABC News:
I felt like he might have been embarrassed, so I didn't want to rub salt in the wound, but I had to talk to Caleb about it... I told him that I wanted him to take this experience and let it make him a better person than he already is. He's such a good kid with a big heart. He is so brave and resilient. Dealing with his disease is not easy, but he doesn't let it keep him from enjoying life. He keeps a positive outlook and a strong mind.
Well, a couple employee's of the Chick-fil-A decided to lay down some lightsaber positivity.
Kari went on to say:
I was so thankful that their hearts were moved to intervene... I feel like they re-wrote the message he had just received. It went from 'You're not wanted' to 'You're valuable. You matter. We think you're cool.'
Chick-fil-A responded in a statement to ABC News:
Chick-fil-A team members across the country love creating special moments for guests, and this act of kindness in Columbus, Georgia, was just one example of our local team members doing what they do best.
Caleb's Mom summed up the life lesson learned here as only a Mom can do:
I think I would want us to learn that kindness can go a long way to heal hurts.