Acts of Kindness
Proud dad boasting of son at bank confused when stranger hands him envelope
Rob didn't waste any time chasing the customer out the door but it didn't matter. Her mind had been made up and he wasn't going to change it.
Jessica Adler

Parents can’t help but be proud of their children, for all their wide and varied accomplishments.

Whether it’s taking first steps and singing in Christmas choirs or passing a driver’s test and going on a first date, there’s not a lot that parents don’t celebrate with their children.

One success, in particular, that parents go bonkers over is graduation.

This Florida dad was particularly proud.


Rob Edwards lives with his son in Tampa. His son was going to be graduating from high school.

Of course, the boy was happy, but perhaps not as much as his father was. Rob was so proud of his son, Cole, that he found himself sharing the exciting news with perfect strangers.

He didn’t expect their excitement.

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It started in the bank.

Just before the graduation ceremony, Rob needed to conduct some business at his local bank.

He happened to be walking into the building at the same time as a woman, so he held the door open for her.

Once the two were inside the woman waited for Rob to enter the line ahead of her, but he insisted that she go first.

In a Facebook post, Rob explained:

“Once in the door she waited for me to go in front of her. I said ‘By all means go in front of me. Today my son graduates. I’m slowing down and want to savor every minute.'”

Pixabay/Matthew Everard
Pixabay/Matthew Everard

She stepped ahead of him.

As they waited for the next available bank tellers, the two got to talking.

Their polite chatter shifted from discussions about their days to the difficulties of raising a teenager. When a teller became available, the woman walked up to the counter.

Next, it was Rob’s turn to be helped. As he approached the teller’s booth, he looked down to where his wallet had been sitting.

That’s when he discovered something shocking: an envelope sat there, waiting for him to open it.

Pixabay/Matthias Schild
Pixabay/Matthias Schild

A mystery envelope.

Of course, the man had not walked in with any envelopes, so he was perplexed when he saw that little white container holding a mystery inside.

Just then, the stranger he had recently met walked past him.

“Congratulations!” she exclaimed. “I’m so happy for you.”

Rob was startled by the message, but he continued his business with the teller. It wasn’t until the transaction was complete that he opened the mysterious envelope.

What he found hidden inside took him by complete surprise. There sat a crisp $50 bill, fresh from the very bank he was standing in.

Pixabay/Public Domain Pictures
Pixabay/Public Domain Pictures

Without hesitation, Rob rushed outside to find the woman who had given it to him.

Luckily, he found her before she left.

She was sitting in her car when he spotted her. Rob explained that he couldn’t take the money from her and tried to give it back; the woman refused. He would never forget the words she said next:

“When you talk about your boy, YOU GLOW. You’re a blessing to him, I want to bless him, too!”


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Rob was touched.

This total stranger didn’t know anything about him or his son, but she wanted to share the joy that she felt when Rob talked about Cole. He knew he had to tell this story, to spread the message about this kind heart that had brought him such an unexpected blessing.

The dad wrote on Facebook:

“I don’t know her name; I’ve never seen her before. But I will never forget her love. I asked to take a picture with her. And hugged her neck.”

He continued:

“We need more of this in the world today. Not the money. But kindness. I hugged a complete stranger today. My son who I love with all my heart was shown love. Many of you who know me know what I believe in. Sounds kinda familiar don’t it. It warms the father’s heart to love the son. I am blessed.”

Unsplash/Christopher Beloch
Unsplash/Christopher Beloch

Cole is very lucky to have a dad who’s so caring and proud of him. But he’s also fortunate to have one that recognizes kindness, and the fact that the world needs more of it.

See Rob’s entire Facebook post below!

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By Jessica Adler
Jessica Adler is a contributor at SBLY Media.