Doing the Right Thing

 

I’d like to start off the new year with an upbeat story.

This is one of my favorite stories that I often share when I go out to speak.  I find others love it as much as I do.  I believe this story helps to depict our children with autism in a very positive light. These are the type of stories that help to show the world some of the special traits our children with autism have.    

Several years ago my son, Brandon was working in a retail store.  One day as he was working he saw something crumpled up on the ground and he went over to pick it up.  He began to unravel it and saw it was a hundred dollar bill.

Without hesitation, he quickly marched into his manger’s office. He said, “I found a hundred dollar bill and someone lost it.”

Later that day one of his co-workers said, “Brandon, I saw your manager put the hundred dollar bill in his wallet. Brandon said, “I don’t care, I did the right thing.” 

I love Brandon’s honesty and that he does what he feels is right. He continues to be my finest teacher.

 

What would you have done if you found that $100 bill?

 

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Mother to an independent autistic adult son, Motivational Speaker, Author, and Founder of the Autism Independence Foundation. Book Amalia to speak, call 800-939-1046 or attend one of her conferences or training.
Amalia Starr

Amalia Starr

Mother to an independent autistic adult son, Motivational Speaker, Author, and Founder of the Autism Independence Foundation. Book Amalia to speak, call 800-939-1046 or attend one of her conferences or training.

0 thoughts on “Doing the Right Thing

  • February 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm
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    It amazes me that so many people have negative comments about this young man. What an amazing kid, and what an amazing mom. Mamma, you should be patting yourself on the back. He did do the right thing. My hero is Abraham Lincoln. If we were all doing the right thing, this world would be a better place. I love his answer to his co-worker. “I don’t care. I did the right thing.” those who say its a dog eat dog world, and that he is ignorant and will grow up….if that is growing up, I hope he never grows up. We are all held accountable for our own actions. Doing the right thing is always best, even OT it doesn’t put you ahead in this world.

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  • February 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm
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    Your son, Brandon, learned from a great teacher as well.  

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  • February 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm
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    Would have kept it, myself, I could use one.   Finders keepers? 

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  • February 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm
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    i would have cached it (perhaps under the register) and waited until someone tried to reclaim it. if no one did for a few weeks, i’d have kept it. and mentioned to the manager someone lost a trinket, and if they come looking for it after my shift it is where ever.

    giving it to the manager, while a trusting thing, wasn’t the right thing… unless the manager had been upset over losing 100 recently. you can’t assume other people will do a decent thing, let alone the right thing.

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  • February 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm
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    Sometimes being honest comes around. Being a young mom, I could use a break. Once a random couple was kinda socializing with my 11 month old. I probably looked tired and I was heading to her daycare to start my day. The guy was kinda talking in a low voice after the bus ride stoped “keep this safe. Make sure your mommy checks your pocket before you go inside (the daycare).” I  just smiled and was thinking about the long day ahead of me. As I got to the door of her daycare (across the streat from the public bus station) I just thought “What was he talking about?” Strangers like to interact with random babies so I just decided to check her since he got so close to her. The guy put a $100 in her little poket! Before I could go back to the bus I didnt see them. That helped with diapers, alittle bit of grocceries, and new GOOD shoes for my girl that didnt have to be the cheapo walmart kind (that peal and scuff if the kid wears them for more than a month!!!) I wish I could have thanked them. 

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  • February 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm
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    take the loot and split it with my friends.  One time, while I was at white water, I found close to 100 at the bottom of the pool.  I saw it.  Krisann couldnt’ hold her breath to get it, so I got it and we shared.

    I don’t do the right thing 😉

    I spent a while doing the right thing like your son only to learn my lesson.

    He must be unwise, but he’ll figure it out eventually.

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  • February 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm
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    I’m special ed too.  They trained us to be that way in social skills class.  It’ll set him up for a life of failure because it’s a nasty, dog-eat-dog world.

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  • February 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm
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    I once saw a woman drop a five dollar bill on the ground at the grocery store. I gave it back to her and…..she promptly took it and went to the lotto machine. Haha.

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