Five-year-old Josiah Duncan didn’t know what being homeless meant when he saw a dirty-looking man sitting on a sidewalk with just a bag and a bicycle outside of a Prattville, Alabama waffle house. His mother, Ava Faulk, had taken him there to eat dinner when he began bombarding her with questions like, “Where is his house? Where is his family? Where does he keep his groceries?”
Josiah may not have fully wrapped his head around not having a home, family or friends, but he did see a man who looked down on his luck, and concerned that he didn’t have any food, Josiah begged his mom to buy the man a meal.
She agreed, and the man came in and sat down in a booth in the restaurant, but nobody waited on him. Again, Josiah decided to change that.
He jumped up and asked the man if he needed a menu, telling him, “You can’t order without one.”
The man said he’d be fine with a simple cheeseburger, but Faulk insisted he could order anything he wanted on the menu. He asked her if he could have bacon, and she told him, “Get as much bacon as you want.”
When the food arrived, Josiah stopped the man and told him he wanted to say a blessing with him first. Singing loud enough for all 11 people in the entire diner to hear, Josiah sang:
“God our Father, God our Father, we thank you, we thank you, for our many blessings, for our many blessings, Amen, Amen.”
Everyone in the diner began to tear up over what Josiah did, including the homeless man.
After his meal, the man left with a full stomach.
Ava Faulk will never forget what her son did, and explained to WBTV:
“You never know who the angel on Earth is, and when the opportunity comes you should never walk away from it.
“Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness.”
Sometimes, all it takes is the simplicity of a child to see an opportunity to change lives with an innocent kindness. No parent could be happier that their child grew up with a big heart.