When Kyesha Smith Wood of Birmingham, Alabama sent her teenage son, daughter, and step-daughter to the movies on Friday night she never would have imagined that her children's bad behavior would result in a viral story with an inspiring and happy ending.
According to a post made by Wood a few hours after the movie, she was humiliated and embarrassed when her son told her that a woman had approached the children about their rude behavior during the movie. The woman said that her husband had recently lost his job, and this was to be their last movie they could see for a while, but the children had ruined it.
But instead of getting upset at the woman confronting her kids, as many parents would do these days, Wood was thankful and promised that her children would write the woman a note and pay for another movie outing from their own allowance.
"This is a long shot, but I'm looking for a woman that was at Tannehill Premier tonight seeing Cinderella at 7pm," Wood wrote. "I dropped my teenage daughter, step daughter, and son off at the movie. My son later told me, much to my humiliation and embarrassment, that my girls were rude and obnoxious during the movie."
Wood's post was made to look for that woman, who was located, thanks to the Jefferson County Sheriff's office sharing the post on their own Facebook page.
"The woman I'm looking for addressed them and asked them to be quiet and they were disrespectful," Wood wrote in that post. "After the movie she approached my girls and told them that her husband had been laid off and this was the last movie she would be able to take her daughter to for a while and my girls ruined that for her. This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology."
The post was shared and liked over 245,000 times in a day and the woman in question, Rebecca Boyd of Adger, Alabama, was found.
"I am the mom from the movie theatre," Boyd wrote in a comment on the Sheriff Department's post. "I had taken my daughter to see Cinderella..I was very upset and disappointed in the girls behavior...the note from their mom brought me to tears and shows there is still good people in the world. I have no hard feelings towards them and I am proud of their parents. The girls are not not bad...they are children. Glad they are learning a lesson. I hope if my teenagers are out and they act up...I hope someone says something to them."
The two Christian women have been in contact with each other and have discovered that they share a love of God and hope this experience will not only teach Wood's children a valuable lesson, but also inspire others to teach their children respect.
"My girls are so mortified," Wood told ABC 33/40. "They are humiliated. And that's OK because I told them, 'You know what, you're not going to do this again.'"
Wood followed up in another Facebook post earlier today to let everyone know just how thankful and overwhelmed she is at the positive support over her actions. She gives thanks to her family, God-fearing husband, and others who are great parents but just haven't received the same attention.
But it's the final line of that latest post that pretty much sums it up. "Finally, we truly believe in raising our children on Biblical principles. We give all of the glory of this story to God," she said.