It was a day like any other day at a local Denny’s diner in Lakeland, Florida. Plenty of people sitting around, having their breakfast and minding their own business, thinking about the day that laid ahead of them.
One of the customers at Denny’s on that day was 9 year old Noah. He was having breakfast with his mum, as it was “Bring your child to work” day. When Noah looked around the diner, he spotted a policeman sitting at one of the tables, and immediately became very excited, but also shy and unsure on what to do next.
He had an idea of what he really wanted to do, and he shared his plan with his mum. What he did next really surprised the policeman, to the point he jumped out of his seat, he was so overwhelmed by the little boy’s actions.
The thing was, Noah really wanted to be a policeman when he grew up. It had been his dream for the last four years, so when he saw the policeman Eddie Benitez in the diner, he really wanted to go over and say hello. However, he got a bit overcome by shyness, and decided on a different tactics.
Noah had saved his birthday money and decided to pay for the police officer’s breakfast instead. He asked the waitress for the bill, and with help of his mum Amanda, he wrote this earnest message:
“I want to be you when I grow up. Thank you for your service.”
Noah took the note and walked over to officer Benitez to hand it in to him. The policeman at first couldn’t comprehend what was happening, and why this little boy was walking towards him with the bill clutched in his fist. As Amanda recalled:
“He didn’t understand why this little boy was walking down there with his tab. His face was very shocked.”
Eddie Benitez indeed was shocked, and so overwhelmed by the message Eddie wrote for him, he insisted on taking a photo with his biggest fan. He still carries the note around and relishes the special message:
“It meant everything. It meant that I’m supposed to wake up every morning and put on this uniform and go out there and do what I do. You know? It means that I need to keep trying to be a good example to all these young guys.”
Officer Benitez shared his adventure with his colleagues at work, and the Lakeland Police Department shared it on their Facebook page, they were so inspired by Noah’s kind gesture. They wrote:
“Well Noah, you touched all of our hearts today. Your support means so much to all of the men and women who put on the uniform every day.”
Noah is still adamant one day he will become a policeman himself and will “catch all the bad guys”. His mum could not be prouder of him, and will continue to be whatever career path Noah will choose.