An Alabama mom’s Facebook apology for her daughters’ rude behavior during the movie “Cinderella” had a fairy tale ending. ABC News reported March 30, that Kyesha Smith Woods dropped her children off at a Birmingham movie theater to see the film last weekend. When she collected them, her son informed his mother that his sisters had been “rude and obnoxious” at the show. They had been so disruptive that another mom confronted them about it.
Woods was chagrined and wanted to make amends. Not knowing how to reach this unidentified woman, Woods took to social media hoping that whoever it was would see the post. Here’s what Woods wrote in her Facebook post:
“This is a long shot, but I’m looking for a woman that was at Tannehill Premier tonight seeing Cinderella at 7pm. I dropped my teenage daughter, step daughter, and son off at the movie. My son later told me, much to my humiliation and embarrassment, that my girls were rude and obnoxious during the movie. The woman I’m looking for addressed them and asked them to be quiet and they were disrespectful. After the movie she approached my girls and told them that her husband had been laid off and this was the last movie she would be able to take her daughter to for a while and my girls ruined that for her. If you are this woman, please message me. I can assure you that these girls are being strongly dealt with and appropriately punished. This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology. My husband and I are having them write your apology letter tonight and we would like to pay for your next movie and snacks out of their allowance. Please message me if this is you. I apologize profusely for their disrespect.”
Sgt. Jack Self saw, was inspired and shared it on the Jefferson County Sheriff Facebook page. From there, it got nearly a quarter of a million shares. And finally it reached right eyes. Rebecca Boyd of Adger, Alabama, recognized herself as the offended mom. She reached out to Woods as requested, saying the post brought her to tears. It gratified Boyd to know “good people” existed in the world.
Boyd forgave the wayward teens (who will still write the letter and front the money for a future show). Boyd acknowledged that Woods’ girls were decent kids and just being teens. The two moms have formed a friendship.
The warm fuzzies went viral. Woods’ proactive, common-sense humility earned her loads of new Facebook friends–3,000 in just a few days. In fact, Facebook will not send new friend requests for awhile because she’s accepted so many. Support for Boyd’s family in this rough time poured in.
A recent post on Woods’ Facebook page sums up why this story feels so good. She admits the attention shocked and even embarrassed the family. Woods downplays any accolades saying she are her husband are just normal parents with normal fears for their kids. Every night she asks herself
“Did I hug my kids enough? Did I teach them enough? Was I too harsh on them today? Did I show them I love them enough? Am I meeting their needs? Do my kids hate me?” The same questions parents torture themselves with.
Woods says that’s what parenting is: “recognizing that we are human and that our kids are human and attempting in someway to make them better humans than we are. It’s about teaching and forgiving each other everyday.” Then she goes on to credit her husband, deceased mother and God for being able to do this.