Is the new generation failing humanity? Well, not in the case of 5-year-old Josiah Duncan, who, by insisting on his mom to buy a homeless man something to eat has left the whole diner in tears for his very touching gesture.
Josiah was with his mother, Ava Faulk, at a Waffle House restaurant in Prattville, Alabama when the boy was confronted with a very ‘disturbing’ scene outside – a disheveled man with his bike holding an empty bag.
Both curious and bothered, Josiah started asking his mom questions about the stranger outside; prompting his mother to explain that the man was homeless.
“What does homeless mean? Where is his house? Where is his family? Where does he keep his groceries?” Josiah fired the questions one after the other.
But Mrs. Faulks could only explain that a homeless means one does not have a home.
Then Josiah insisted that they should buy the man something to eat, to which his mom agreed and invited the vagrant inside the restaurant.
“He came in and sat down, and nobody really waited on him,” the mother told WSFA in an interview. “Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one.”
The man initially wanted only the cheapest burger in the menu but the mother and the boy insisted he can have anything he wants. He finally agreed to have a bacon and was told to get as many bacon as he can eat.
It was at this moment when the diner was filled with emotions, and some were already close to crying. But what Josiah did next broke whatever was keeping everyone from holding back their te
“I wanted to say the blessing with him,” he excitedly suggested, and went on singing as loud as he could: “God our Father, God our Father, we thank you, we thank you, for our many blessings, for our many blessings, amen, amen.”
Then everyone inside was crying, recalled the mother, including the homeless man.
“The man cri
ed. I cri ed. Everybody cri ed,” she said.
Mrs. Faulk shared the homeless man left shortly after the meal, but the lesson from his visit is something she will have to treasure for the rest of her life.
“Watching my son touch 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness,” she said.