Kyesha Smith Wood of Birmingham, AL, describes finding a woman her kids were rude to at the movie theater through social media.
Two teenage girls were acting up at the movie theater and their brother straight tattled on them. Most moms would be like, "I have three kids, don't ask, don't tell, honey," but not Kyesha Smith Wood. She went to Facebook and tried to make things right, searching for the woman who'd attempted to discipline her children during their mother's absence:
This is a long shot, but I'm looking for a woman that was at Tannehill Premier tonight seeing Cinderella at 7pm. I dropped my teenage daughter, step daughter, and son off at the movie. My son later told me, much to my humiliation and embarrassment, that my girls were rude and obnoxious during the movie. The woman I'm looking for addressed them and asked them to be quiet and they were disrespectful. After the movie she approached my girls and told them that her husband had been laid off and this was the last movie she would be able to take her daughter to for a while and my girls ruined that for her. If you are this woman, please message me. I can assure you that these girls are being strongly dealt with and appropriately punished. This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology. My husband and I are having them write your apology letter tonight and we would like to pay for your next movie and snacks out of their allowance. Please message me if this is you. I apologize profusely for their disrespect.
Wow. In my experience, if you try to tell someone else's kids how to behave they come at you like a rabid dog, even if you were stopping a toddler from jumping in a glass-filled pit, or something. Wood's humility and eagerness to set things right is incredibly admirable. Lots of other people were impressed, too, and it wasn't long before her post went viral, getting shared almost 5,000 times. And she found the woman!
Rebecca Boyd from Adger, Alabama replied to the post where it was shared on the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page (pause: why does this exist? Un-pause.), saying that the post brought her to tears and proved that there are good people in the world. The day Rebecca Boyd had her movie-going experience ruined, she told the girls that she and her daughter were there to see Cinderella because her husband had just been laid off and this was their last movie for awhile. Like a swan song to being able to afford life's simple joys.
Kyesha offered in her post to buy the Boyds their next movie ticket (from her daughters' allowance), but even better, the Boyds have received several job offers because of the popularity of the post. Now that's a real Cinderella story.
My favorite part of the video above, after Kyesha's lilting Alabama accent, is how triumphant she is over getting hundreds of thousands of likes more than her kids could ever hope to acquire on any social media platform. Truly, the greatest shame of all is having your mom's Facebook page be more popular than your own.