Mom Leaves Son Alone During Hair Appointment, Then She Catches An Old Man Talking To Him

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Like every mom, Jennifer Moore Parker knows that motherhood isn’t easy, and that some days are way harder than others.

One day, during a hair appointment, she realized how a stranger’s simple act of kindness could make a really rough day so much easier! She left her son, Justan, sitting on a bench alone. She was afraid he would grow bored too easily, then an elderly man came along and sat next to him.

Of course, she then started to worry that her son was pestering the man.

It was when she saw the man tie her son’s shoe — something he did not yet know how to do — that she knew that the 90-year-old stranger wasn’t bothered at all, but was taking the boy under his wing.

She details the sweet encounter in the Facebook post below, and the mother’s words about the touching interaction may make you shed a tear, too!

Today was my hair appointment. It’s always a bit stressful trying to manage and keep Justan occupied at a time that used to be a few free hours of time for myself. This day proved to be different.

Justan and son

 I changed his clothes and left his hair sticking up everywhere. I wore no makeup since all of the medication I’m taking makes me just wish for sleep. I was actually embarrassed to go anywhere in public. 

Stranger and Justan

Into the shop comes a little lady and her husband. He assisted her since she just had hip surgery two weeks ago. Then he sat and waited. He and Justan struck up a conversation that included farming, gardening, our animals, and spiders. I feared Justan was annoying the man when I noticed one of Justan’s shoes was untied. I am ashamed to say he doesn’t yet tie his shoes, so I mentioned it to him. The gentleman told Justan to put his foot up so he could tie his shoe.


I just watched through my tears as this stranger took my son under his wing. His name is Mr. Berlie Philips, and his lovely wife is Vera. He is 90 years young, and the missus is just close to that. 

son and stranger

I cried a tissue full at the immediate bond between strangers. A bond between the elderly and the young. A bond that made me miss my grandfather so very much today. As soon as I was able to compose myself a bit, Sheila Kappelman, had an Easter egg hunt REPEATEDLY with Justan. She then let Justan fix her hair. 

I cried the entire way home at the honor of meeting two beautiful people and at a friend who has a beautiful spirit. My day was made, and my heart is full.

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