A kindness story about True and his new friend, Romeo

Apr 16, 2019 | Life in Progress

I have to tell you what happened a few days ago.

True (8 yrs old) rode his bike up to the local bike shop here in small town Sisters, Oregon. Before I tell you what happened, I have to tell you that riding his bike up to the bike shop has been a big deal to him. In Portland, his bike riding boudaries for exploring were pretty restricted, but here in Sisters, we’ve expanded his boundaries. He’s loving the increased freedom.

SO. He rides up to the bike shop and finds THE pair of biking gloves that he’s been looking for (they fit his small hands). True tells Romeo, the guy working at the shop, that he’s gonna ride back home and ask his dad if he can have the money to buy the gloves. True then rides his bike home and is told that he can’t get the $25 gloves today. True, feeling bummed, heads back to the bike shop and tells Romeo that he’ll have to pass on the gloves, but thanks anyway.

Then this happens:

Romeo: True, you’re a good kid, right?
True: Yeah!
Romeo: You’re a hard worker, right?
True: Yep.
Romeo: I’m going to GIVE you these gloves. Enjoy them!
True: Really???? WHAT???!!!! THANK YOU!

True rides home, busts through the door and says, “You are not going to believe what just happened!” HUGE smile on his face as he recounts every single detail.

Here’s the thing, friends. This move hasn’t been easy for True. He misses his old house. He misses his friends. He’s been skeptical about small town living. And then, in the midst of all this adjustment and transition, a grown-up did something really kind for him. And it blew his mind. AND it has shown him one of the perks of small town living, which is that people remember you. They see you coming into the book store all of the time and say “Hey, True! I ordered a book for you that I think you’ll like!” (YES, this has happened here – thank you Leigh!). And they see you riding up to the bike store all the time, too.

Kindness changes everything.

Don’t underestimate your impact. You might just reach a kid during a hard season of life and lift his spirit (and change his mind about small towns).

Big love and thanks, Romeo!

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (5 comments)
  1. Misti

    No matter where paths take True after he grows up, I bet the ‘small town life’ will always keep him grounded, grateful and sincere. I don’t live in a small town now, but I do feel special that I grew up in one. Sweet story!

  2. Eileen

    Love your enthusiasm for life! Thank you for inspiring me!

  3. Kellye Crocker

    Oh, Kelly Rae, what a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! I’ve enjoyed hearing about your move and am sorry that True has been having a hard time with it. (I understand. I was his age when my family moved from Oklahoma to Iowa–and I grew to love Iowa and consider it home, even though I live in Colorado now.) I hope True continues to find a wonderful community of adults and kids who love and support and believe in him. What an amazing gift Romeo gave him–far beyond the gloves!

  4. Amy

    This made me cry!!! Life can be hard, but people can be wonderful! What a Great experience your child just had!!!
    And…my sister just opened a gallery in Sisters!! Jennifer Lake Art Gallery!!

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      Oh my goodness, I’ll be sure to check it out!


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