A Wonderful Moment at Build A Bear

So, if you don’t know already, I am a current Bear Builder at Build A Bear Workshop at Fayette Mall. Come see me and build a bear, if you’d like!

I’ve been there for two weeks today, and I’ve got to tell you that it is one amazing job. My co-workers are pretty hilarious and laid back, and the kids are even better! I have such a good time, and have a new story to tell Eric every night, but tonight, was a really big moment for me. Here’s why:

Around 4 o’clock, I met this five year old girl decked out in pink from head to toe. She was absolutely adorable, but I could say that about all the kids that come in. So, what makes this girl so special?

This little girl had a pink Disney hat on to cover her bald head, and was essentially connected to her stroller through a small oxygen tube to help her breath. Now I don’t know the exact details of her health condition, but she was extremely fragile and it was almost heartbreaking.

Of course, I ignored all that nonsense and saw her true beauty and strength, as she gave me a huge smile as she looked around the store in amazement.

“Hi there! Is your favorite color pink?!”
“Yes,” she said with a huge grin on her face.
“I can definitely tell, you are covered in it! Are you guys going to build a bear today?”
“No,” her mom says, “we’re just looking around.”
“Well, let me know if you need anything okay? We have some super cute pink stuff that you can check out if you want!”

Little did I know, as I was saying this, her mom was not anticipating building a bear today. This always puts me in an awkward position, because I know that every kid that comes in here wants to go home with a new friend, and moms and dads are the ones that have to deal with the begging, and the saying no. I sometimes feel really guilty, because I feel like I totally put them in a hard position.

Sorry moms and dads for making you go through this!

But, fortunately, this time turned out to be a good moment. Actually a really good moment, that I just have to share.

While checking out, a woman overheard this little girl’s mom say no, and because of this, she did something truly grateful. After noticing how sweet this little girl was, she turned around and said, “Ya know what? I’m going to buy a bear for you—so pick one out!”

The little girl looked at her with big eyes, and whispered, “I’ve never got to build a bear before.” Her mom said, “Thank you so much, but you don’t have to.” But the woman at checkout said, “No. I’m going to. Pick one out.”

The little girl was so incredibly happy, and I just wanted to cry tears of joy for her. She picked out a Pink Pawrincess Kitty and brought it over to my station to fluff.  I wish I had some visual enhancement to go with this story, other than just a pink bear, which makes me seem as though I am advertising. But, hopefully, this will do.

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That heart ceremony will always be the most memorable heart ceremony I will conduct. I told her to rub the heart on her muscles so that the kitten will be super strong just like her, rub it on her face so that the kitten can have some of her beauty, to rub it on her heart so that she will always be thankful, rub it on her brain so she super smart, etc. etc. Of course, I would never forget the wish that’s sealed with a kiss!

She ended up putting a heartbeat in it and a cotton candy scent. Her mother had no words. You could tell that she was just in pure amazement. She intended on paying for the extra stuff in the kitty, but the women paid for those too.

By the end of the girls’ build a bear experience, the woman spent around $40 more than she did initially for a complete stranger, knowing how much her family probably struggles.

I never truly get to see moments like this happen, and I am so thankful I did. Things like this truly give me hope of this society, this day and age, when too often people seem to be ruthless. I truly want to thank this women—whoever she is—for, not only, giving this family such a memorable moment, but me as well.

By the off chance you will ever see this post, thank you anyway.

Thanks for reading,

Yin

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