Officer Helps Autistic Boy With Push Ups

People with autism often have a different way of approaching the world; they sometimes have sensory discrepancies and see/hear/feel things much differently than others. As such, they can get overloaded or worked up easily, and it sometimes takes a unique and individualized approach to help them calm down.

Christy Richardson knows this very well. Her son 19 year old son, Bubba, has autism, and sometimes when he gets worked up, there isn’t much she can do to help him out. However, Bubba has always been fascinated with police officers. So when Christy couldn’t get Bubba to calm down recently, she called the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department for help.

Deputy Loftis responded, and he was a godsend. The department explained how the officer was able to help Bubba, “When Dep. Loftis showed up, he was able to calm ‘Bubba’ down and showed him how to channel his frustration by doing push ups.” Christy snapped a photo and shared it online to thank the officer, and it quickly went viral.

Soon, people were sharing the photo on other pages and posting in places Christy would come across randomly. But everywhere she saw it, Christy saw praise for the innovative police who were helping her son learn to cope. Bubba is now keeping track of his push up count and is currently at 711,886!

It just goes to show what a little kindness and empathy can do. Share if you agree!

Delta’s App Tracks Your Bags!

One of the most strenuous parts about air travel isn’t that we strap ourselves into a tiny metal tube rocketing hundreds of miles an hour in the air because apparently we have somehow gotten used to that part. No, it’s that when we arrive at our destination, there is no guarantee that our baggage has made the journey with us and will be available for pick up when we need it. Lost luggage is one of the most frustrating and annoying things that can happen on a trip, but now one airline has a plan to combat it.

Delta Airlines, which one disgruntled customer online insists stands for, “Don’t Expect your Luggage To Arrive”, is turning around it’s image. They updated their app that to work with the new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system that the company started using in April of last year. This new method replaces the barcode system of tracking bags and ensures that at several points in your bag’s journey, it is scanned and confirmed to be in the right location. When a bag is in the wrong location, the whole belt stops so attendants can identify the misplaced bag and get it on the right belt. Yay for the future!

However, that isn’t the coolest part about this system. The app lets users track their luggage in real time right from their phones by seeing when it is unloaded from the plane and when it arrives at baggage claim! Delta’s senior vice president of airline operations, Bill Lentsch, commented on the app: “From the moment our customers drop off their bag, we want them to know we’re looking out for it every step of the way and working to take the stress out of flying one innovation at a time.”

Delta Airlines Baggage Carousel, Hartsfield Jackson Airport, Atlanta. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

It definitely will remove stress seeing as the new system is 99.9% effective! So remember, if you absolutely need your baggage to arrive on time, consider flying Delta and tracking it yourself!

Teen Takes Aunt To Father/Daughter Dance

Sydney Lawrence of Crosby, Texas has some pretty awesome female role models in her life. However, her father isn’t in the picture, so when her high school’s father-daughter dance came up, Sydney knew exactly who she wanted to take: her Aunt Kristen! Sydney says of the unorthodox situation, “I never really knew my father, he never had a part in my life, and my mother is like my best friend. [She] and my aunt solely raised me. And I think having two women who love you insanely is better than having a father.”

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Aunt Kristen jumped at the chance to show her niece just how right she was. She had to miss the practice round of the dance because she works as a police officer and couldn’t get out of a shift, but Sydney videotaped the moves and the pair practiced on the day. In Aunt Kristen’s words, “[we] crushed it!”

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Her aunt even dressed the part and showed up in a fake mustache for the occasion, prompting equal parts laughter and “awws” from the crowd and from the world in general! Sydney posted photos of her and Kristen online with the caption, “when u don’t have a dad for the dad/daughter dance so ur aunt wears a fake mustache and dances w u anyways.”

Could this get any cuter?! So many people on Twitter reacted to Sydney’s post, with comments and retweets like, “aunt of the year”, “I’d probably cry if I was there to see this”, and “what a sweet gesture.” We think this kind of aunt-niece relationship is just wonderful to see! Here are some other reactions to this adorable post!

Father/Daughter Find 2 Carat Diamond!

 

Have you ever been interested in prospecting for gold or gems? Putting on your suspenders, ten-gallon hat and getting knee deep in a river to try to find your fortune among the pebbles sound familiar?

Well, you can do just that at an Arkansas State Park called Crater of Diamonds! There, visitors can pay a flat fee of $5 and go gem hunting for themselves, and if they find anything it’s theirs to keep! People flock to the park in the hopes that they will come away with a big prize. In addition to diamonds, the site also produces garnets, amethysts, jasper, agate, and more!

That’s not quite what father-daughter team Dan and Lauren Frederick were hoping for when they visited the state park earlier this week. The pair are amateur gem hunters and consider it a fun way to bond, not to make a living. Not half an hour after they arrived, Dan saw something glittering among the rocks three feet in front of him. What he picked up is truly astounding.

It was a white diamond, and park officials nearby who help visitors identify their gems estimated the colorless rock to be about 2.03 carats, an incredible find for amateurs! The happy pair named their gem “Lucky Diamond” and have get to get it appraised, but looking at the size of it in Dan’s palm, we’re sure it’s worth a pretty penny!

Not that the Fredericks will be selling it any time soon. They’re going to keep it as the ultimate souvenir. “It really was the cherry on top of a fun and special trip with my dad,” Lauren said.

Believe it or not, while the find is rare, it is by no means the largest gem unearthed in Crater of Diamonds. Last year, a visitor found a whopping 8.52 carat diamond in the area!

We definitely know where we’re headed on our next vacation!