In 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated everyone and everything in its path. It left millions without power or access to water, and Florida took a particularly hard hit when the storm rolled through.
Thousands in the Sunshine State lost their homes and the lives that they’d worked so hard to build when Irma came through and ruined everything in her path. Many were displaced, so they hopped in their cars to seek refuge further north until they could figure out what to do.
One mother named Tara Parker Routzong and her son, Landon, witnessed some of this displacement firsthand in the unlikeliest of places: the drive-thru.
While they were waiting to order some chicken sandwiches, Landon perked up and told his mom that the license plate ahead of them was from Florida. He and Mom had been chatting about how people from Florida were in bad shape because of the storm, so little Landon made a suggestion that made Tara so proud to be his mom. Here’s what happened in Tara’s own words.
[Landon and I] went to Chick Fil A for lunch today because, yum. Landon saw the car in front of us was from Florida (we have been talking about Irma today) and he declared we were paying for their meal – and I agreed.
But how do you pay for the car in front of you? You run toward their window with a debit card in hand and scare the mess out of them! Landon and I both had tears in our eyes from how appreciative he was.
The man has left his home in Miami and was passing through to go stay with family in Birmingham. I told him we hoped he returned to his house untouched and that we’d keep him in our thoughts.
How amazing is that? We do really take for granted sometimes how pure and wonderful children are. They’re not yet jaded by life and full of intolerance. Like Landon, most kiddos just want to make sure that everyone is safe and happy in life. In that sense, we adults should really look to our smaller counterparts for guidance. Great job stepping up, Landon! And great job to you, Tara, for raising such a wonderful little man.