Sometimes we all need someone to be there for us. But support doesn't always come in the shape of a major gesture-- sometimes just knowing someone is there is more than enough to bring solace and comfort to the soul. This story reflects exactly that. The true story was shared by a police department in Sweden and has spread widely on social media since. It tells the heartbreaking story of a young boy who called emergency after witnessing something no child should ever witness... But that child is beyond a victim. He is an inspiring hero to us all. The boy's strength and maturity were quickly noticed by the police that arrived on scene. This touched me literally to tears and I just hope that as many people as possible read it. As adults, we should be behaving as adults. But I suppose it is those children that have that amazing ability to do so on our behalf that make the real difference.
Here is the police’s Facebook post (translated from Swedish):
“Thank you for being there…”
A boy who has barely reached puberty calls. He is sad and upset – his father is beating his mom.
We hurry there. We’re greeted by a weeping woman and two very sad children. A drunk man is also at home.
I take the boy who phoned us aside. We go into his room and shut the door. Some peace and quiet can go a long way. He tells me what happened. Tears flow down his cheeks. This is a wise son. His whole way of describing the situation and formulating things impresses me. At some point, he gathers himself. “What a crappy day this was,” he says and smiles at me. We start talking about other things. School, video games, future dreams and friends. That last word – friends…
“Can I call my friend ?” he asks. “Of course,” I reply.
He picks up his phone and wipes a tear from his cheek.
His friend picks up… And the boy begins:
“Hey. It’s me. I just wanted to thank you for being there for me before.”
Wow. What a guy…
Here’s the original post from the Swedish police (in Swedish)
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