When single mom Morgan King couldn't find childcare for her daughter, she had to skip class at the University of Tennessee where she is studying to be a recreational therapist who helps children with disabilities. Been there, done that, right? What parent hasn't had a childcare emergency?!
Where this story diverges from many, however, is what happened next. Being a conscientious student, she emailed her professor to explain what happened, and the response she received back was tear-inducing. In a good way. Not only did Dr. Sally Hunter of UT's Department of Child and Family Studies tell King her absence would be "excused" and how she could make up the classwork she missed, but she also invited the mom to bring her baby with her to class any time she needed!
"In the future, if you are having trouble finding someone to watch Korbyn, please feel free to just BRING HER with you to class," Hunter wrote. "I would be absolutely delighted to hold her while I teach so that you can still pay attention to the class and take notes."
Um, how many bosses are understanding about these kinds of things? Not that many, sadly. Way to go, prof, for being such a rad and supportive lady!
King, a 21-one-year old who also works nights in a restaurant to support herself and her baby, was so touched by her professor's words that she shared it on Twitter. Of course, people went gaga over the professor's kindness, retweeting the email almost 5,000 times and giving it more than 26,000 likes.
Then it was Dr. Hunter's turn to be surprised by a response. See, she just thought what she did was simply the "decent" thing to do. As a mom herself when she was finishing her Ph.D., one of her professors extended the same kindness to her and she was able to bring her baby to class during her last semester of graduate coursework. Sounds like a classic case of paying it forward!
"Childcare falls through sometimes, and it does for me as well, and I bring my kids to work," Dr. Hunter said. "We all need people around us, people supporting us. Nobody can do this journey by themselves."