We all know how the best laid plans of mice, men and women often go awry. High school seniors sometimes experience this same fate.
Timothy Harrison, Center Point (Alabama) had planned to attend Timothy Harrison’s high school graduation. He had even discussed it with his boss so that he could take some time off. Harrison was left stranded on the morning of the ceremony.
The event was taking place an hour from Harrison’s home. Harrison arrived at Waffle House for his 7 a.m. shift, despite his family being unable to drive him. Cedric Hampton was surprised by Harrison’s arrival.
Hampton was shocked to learn the details of Harrison’s dilemma. Not only did he not have a way to graduate, but he had also missed the opportunity to pick up his ticket, cap and gown. The quick-thinking manager quickly mobilized his Waffle House troops to take action.
“I could see in his eyes that he really wanted to go, and I was going to get him there no matter what,” Hampton told The Washington Post. “No kid should miss their high school graduation.”
After being ferried to school to retrieve his cap and gown, back at the Waffle House, the elated senior was outfitted in a brand-new ensemble picked up and paid for by his coworkers (with a little help from some generous restaurant patrons).
“We decided that we would step in to take care of him so that he could truly enjoy this day. Hampton explained to the Post that some customers contributed. “Within just a few minutes, we were able o get everything under control.”
Harrison was now properly attired, but they still had to get him to the three o’clock ceremony on time. Although it was close, Hampton made it possible. Although Hampton’s coworkers could not be with him, they couldn’t be prouder.
Harrison stated that “When I sat in that auditorium, it was the most memorable moment of my entire life,” WBRC news. “This is a moment I will treasure forever… I’m going tell my children about it.”
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Harrison, who’s only been at his job a little over a month, nonetheless now considers his Waffle House posse like kin and credits his “work-family” patriarch Hampton for stepping in, stepping up, and being willing to go the extra mile for him.
Hampton stated to WBRC that the old saying “It takes a village” means it takes a village in order to raise a child. Hampton stated, “I am just happy to be a member of that village.”
Harrison’s village expanded after word got out about the day’s happenings. Harrison was awarded a scholarship to Birmingham’s Lawson State Community College after the WBRC story ran.
Hampton was right there with Harrison when he visited the college campus. Hampton explained to the Post, “I am his full time mentor.” “I feel very good about what is about to happen for him next, and I’ll be there every step of the way.”
Although there may never be any guarantees in life, Timothy Harrison has the assurance that, should any of his best-laid plans fail, there is always a village to assist him.
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