Disability Awareness & Advocacy, Uncategorized

Teenage Boy Looks After His Elderly Neighbors

When I see or read something relative to compassion, empathy, love… I’m gonna make sure that everyone gets a dose of kindness and inspiration! Here’s such an example.

Published by Farah R. | Positive Outlooks on September 17, 2019

While all mothers and fathers need love and attention from their children, we all know that those who need it most are elderly parents. It is during the golden years of their lives that they need our companionship the most, and it is also the best time for us to show our gratitude and repay them for all that they have done for us. As good sons and daughters, we want to be by their side 24/7 to make sure that we are at their aid whenever they need us. But due to our personal commitments – work, own families – we just can’t do so. That’s why it’s always good to have someone that we know we can rely on – a neighbor, friend, or relative – to care for our elderly parents when we aren’t around. Lucky for Tiki Joyner Edwards, she found that someone whom she could trust in the person of a teenage boy – one who wasn’t even related to them.

This young man’s name is Romemylion Mitchell. Despite having no blood relation to the family, the teen has made it his mission to check on Tiki’s parents, Trent and Cianne Joyner, every single day to check if they needed anything. A few months ago, Tiki shared the story of Romemylion’s act of kindness on Facebook, and it immediately gained a lot of attention online for all the right reasons.“I just want to take a moment and recognize this sweet fella that lives across the street from my parents. He checks on them every day and has grown to love and care for them deeply,” Tiki wrote. According to Tiki, the 15-year-old rides with his dad to the store helps him shop and assists in bringing the groceries in.

He also cuts the grass and does for them whatever Tiki’s elderly parents may need.“Not many 15 yr olds would take the time to care and be there for elderly neighbors,” she continued. That is true. Romemylion might have other things on his plate – school work, hanging out with his pals, and other responsibilities – but all of these things didn’t keep him from taking care of his neighbors. The couple didn’t need to pay the teen to do all those things – he just does – and that’s what makes this story even more beautiful. Here, we see a selfless boy dedicating a part of his day to helping other people, and he doesn’t ask for anything in return.

Over the years, the boy had developed a special bond with the whole family. When Tiki’s mom was admitted to the hospital months ago, Romemylion immediately visited her to see how she was doing.“When he saw Mom today he busted out crying and just held her tight.. what a blessing and just wanted to pass on something heartwarming instead of the sad news we see and hear every day,” Tiki wrote. It warms our hearts to see this teen willingly helping other people without expecting any reward. He is a real asset to the community and we’re sure that his own family feels very proud of him!

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