“Never judge a book by its cover.”
It’s a lesson all of us have been taught since we were young, but not everyone has actually learned it.
That was evident when Andy Ross of Vancouver, Washington, was out running errands one day after work.
After a long day working at his construction site, Andy had some dirt on his face. When he walked into the store, he noticed a little girl staring at him, but it didn’t bother him until he heard what the girl’s mother said.
“That is why you need to stay in school,” the woman told her daughter, pointing at Andy.
Andy, who is engaged to his girlfriend Jenna and a proud father to his son, was taken aback, but soon his shock turned to anger and he decided this woman and her daughter needed to be taught an important lesson. He shared his response on Facebook where it has since gone viral.
“I figured this was a great time to educate this mother and her 7/8 year old daughter,” he wrote. “The following is our conversation:
First, I happen to be a very educated dirty man. I not only have a high school diploma, I also have a college degree and many medical certifications. So assuming that I am uneducated because of my appearance is actually quite ignorant in itself.
Secondly, if you are telling your daughter to stay in school because I have tattoos up and down my arms, that will actually suppress her creativity and potentially hinder her imagination as she develops.
Again, contradictory to your point ma’am. I am proud of my tattoos and artwork that Forrest Bateman put on my body. It’s a representation of my pride in my country and my service over multiple combat tours as a special operations medic.
Third, if you’re referring that statement to the hat (not featured) I’m wearing because it features an elk, you might not understand it. I happen to co-own Evergreen State Outdoors and am proud to own an outdoors company and support my rights to hunt and responsibly be a gun owner.
Finally, I chose to work in a construction industry. I am proud to say that I am a part of building America and I enjoy my job every day. I tried working a desk job when I got out of the service and it wasn’t for me.
I enjoy working with my hands and being outdoors. Subsequently, it comes with being dirty some days.
I make good money, have benefits, and am able to provide for my family without issue. So my appearance reflects nothing to do with my level of intelligence or pursuing a higher level of education.
Before leaving the store, Andy left the mother and daughter with one final statement:
“Have a good day and try not to judge people before you know anything about them,” he said. “Good luck with [your] little girl.”
Andy summed up his post with some lessons that are important for all of us to remember:
1- don’t judge people at first glance.
2-do what you love and enjoy and it’s never work.
3-blue collar jobs are the best jobs. They can pay great and it doesn’t always come with a price tag.
4-education is important, but college doesn’t guarantee you anything.
5- experience, hard work, and dedication allow you to be successful in your career path.
6-don’t be an asshole parent who raises their kids to be an asshole.
7- when attempting to insult someone’s intelligence and education level, don’t allow yourself to be out educated by said dirty man.
8- I need a shower.
I’m sure this mom and daughter will never forget the lesson they learned that day. Hopefully, the rest of us won’t either.
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