We’ve all seen a rowdy group of teens that don’t seem to care about their surroundings. This isn’t unusual, and it’s nothing to be concerned about; society’s youth have probably been like this in every generation.
What has changed in recent years is that fewer adults are willing to stand up and intervene when they notice something wrong. You could do something wrong, make a mistake, and you’d get reprimanded for it when I was a kid. It could come from anyone, not just your parents; any adult in any scenario may shut you down.
Randi Jo Amt of Indiana had had enough after a long and exhausting day in 2017. She and her family were staying in a hotel when several teens decided to make a racket in the corridor. She stepped outside and asked them to relax, but she wasn’t expecting their reaction…
Anyone who has little children understands how difficult it can be at times, and how critical it is to recharge your batteries from time to time. Sleep and recovery are essential for a full-time mother. Just ask Randi Jo Amt of Indiana, who is well-versed in the subject.
Due to flooding in her home in October 2017, she and her family were forced to relocate to a motel. Of all, being in a hotel might sometimes feel like a brief vacation in paradise. That’s obviously not the case if you’re there because your own home is uninhabitable.
Randi was exhausted when she arrived at her Indianapolis hotel after a long drive and needed a quiet spot to relax.
She ushered her kids into the room and began preparing for the evening. However, she heard some adolescents making a racket outside her door. The fatigued mother had just put her children to bed and was looking forward to some rest – but she was scared that the commotion in the corridor might wake her infants up.
I would have reacted badly if I had been in Randi’s shoes. I would have probably stormed out into the corridor and told the teenagers to quiet up.
This mother, on the other hand, adopted a different, far more astute strategy.
Rather than criticizing the kids, she calmly explained her predicament.
“I was irritated,” Randi said on Facebook, “but I wanted to wait until I could tell them about our situation to see if they might show compassion rather than becoming angry with the lady next door.”
The teenagers were all members of an organization called FFA, or Future Farmers of America, and they were all from Kansas.
Randi noticed that some of the kids’ hotel doors were open, so she went to explain her family’s difficult position.
“I informed them of the water damage to our home.” I informed them that we wanted them to have fun and that we would appreciate it if they would respect our children by allowing them to get some rest. “The young man who answered the door expressed regret for what we were going through.”
When you’re young and having a good time, you don’t always notice when you’re making too much noise.
The mother returned to her hotel room after speaking with the teenagers. She thought she handled the matter well, but she had no idea that the young people from FFA would soon react in such a way that she would be moved to tears…
In fact, their next move astounded her completely.
“I spotted a message that someone had put under our door before I went to bed. I wanted to find money, so I opened the message.”
It turned out that the teenagers had amassed a total of $40. The messages were then folded and slid under the door with the help of a piece of paper. Someone had scribbled an apology on the paper.
“We sincerely apologize for keeping you and your family up the previous few nights. “We hope everything with your house goes well,” the note said.
Of course, the mother was touched and grateful for the thoughtful gesture. She couldn’t help but share the story on Facebook, and her post went viral, as expected. Randi Jo Amt was among those who paid respect to the members of FFA.
“In a world when some individuals hide behind computers and vent their frustrations on social media, this young man renewed my trust in the next generation’s ability to make eye contact and show compassion to the person in front of him… They provided a great example for my kids, and their parents should be very proud of them.”
Some individuals wanted to do more than simply congratulate the young kids in the comments section after her tribute and story went viral. News organizations wanted to learn more about these good-hearted kids. WTHR had the opportunity to speak with a few members of the organization. When Randi Jo Amt knocked on his door that night at the motel, one of the adolescents, Ethan Westerman, revealed his ideas.
His company had traveled for 12 hours on a bus before arriving at the motel.
“We just wanted to stretch our legs and go around a little,” sophomore Ethan explained. “We were just being normal teens, running about, bashing doors, watching the World Series, yelling at the TV about the World Series.”
The group of youngsters wanted to help the struggling family after Randi informed them that her family was facing difficulties and begged them to keep their voices down.
“I just thought we could do something for them that I think will lighten up their day a little bit,” Tanner Wells, another of the group’s guys, said.
But this beautiful story didn’t end with the kids’ thoughtful gift. Jo Amt opted not to take the money the FFA gang offered her. She gave the money to the needy instead.
This just goes to show how a little kindness can start a chain reaction! This tale also demonstrates that not all teenagers are irresponsible!