Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Never Underestimate The Power Of The Mouse

This is the sort of story I am inclined to disbelieve when I read it on the internet, but several people in the DRO vouched for it*.

A volunteer (who is also an Army reservist) was handing supplies out of the back of an ERV when he spotted a couple in line with a little girl half-hiding behind her dad.  Thanks to the generosity (or hegemony, depending on your point of view) of the Disney people, the Red Cross has a supply of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dolls in every vehicle.  Sarge pulled out a doll, dropped to one knee, and offered it to the girl.

She grabbed the toy and threw her arms around Sarge and began crying “Mickey!” over and over.

Her parents told Sarge that it was the first time the child had spoken since they were evacuated.

(*and Sarge scowled, jammed his hands in his pockets, and walked away while it was being told, which is the response I would have expected).


Lady Anne said...

That is a wonderful story - and I'd have probably filed it under "Glurge", too. Still, as horrible as things are to an adult, who has at least some vague idea of what to do, or what to expect, in situations such as this, it must be beyond imagining for a child. No wonder she ended up mute, poor kid.

Sam said...

Sometimes walking away from such out pouring of emotion is the best coping skill a Sarge can manage. Good for him to notice and take action to help the child.

Bunnykins said...

I think it's sweet. People generally don't give men as a group enough credit for being caring and showing it - all that 'must be tough' stuff gets in the way.
There was a group where we used to live that knit and stuffed small bears for the EMS and police to keep in their vehicles to soothe distressed children. Not a fan of Disney Corp, but good on them anyway.