Look for the helpers

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – See more at: http://www.fredrogers.org/parents/special-challenges/tragic-events.php#sthash.XBU6u5IM.dpuf


This quote from Mr. Rogers has, sadly, become something we’ve shared a lot recently. And sometimes, it’s hard, hard to find the helpers. They are out there, in the form of a nurse, a parent, a good Samaritan, a fellow human being, but dang if they aren’t getting overshadowed.

But then, this article from the site Scary Mommy came through my feed. In the middle of the horror in Dallas, people did what they always do – prove that there is more good than bad in the world. And someone took a photo of it.

The image was of a group of adults, circling around a baby stroller, forming a shield around the stroller with their bodies.

A man named Nate Homan posted it with these words – ”

In the middle of the horror, in the wake of nightmare, amid the outrage and the call to arms is this moment of humanity: People, black and white, surrounded a baby stroller in Dallas as the gunfire broke out. This is the better nature of our angels. This is who we are and who we should strive to be.

I got this photo from @Khanoisseur he brought this to my attention. All the props in the world.”

I can count at least five adults in that photo. Five adults doing what they need to do to protect the little ones in their midst, their most vulnerable.

And I could hear Mr. Rogers speaking – “Look for the helpers.”

There they are. The helpers.

That night, there was one person out for destruction. One person with a selfish, awful agenda. But in that crowd he fired upon, there were so many more good people, of all colors, of all backgrounds, law enforcement and citizens, all doing what they could to protect others from this one person who let hate win.

These people didn’t let hate win.

And that’s why I have to believe hate will never win. Because there are too many of the helpers out there. The mom who shielded her son from bullets in a nightclub in Orlando. The cop who paid for the diapers a desperate couple tried to shoplift. The men who started a lawncare service for those unable to tend to their own lawns. The people who simply asked how they could help us when my daughter was caught in a meltdown spiral at Target.

They are out there, the helpers. They react with kindness and compassion, they react with love and unselfishness. Sometimes, they are overshadowed by the hate of one person, but if you look past all the hate, you will see they are there. They always have been, and they always will be.