Sometimes, children can be so brave and sincere and ON IT that it just puts us adult types to shame, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
For example, remember the kid who donated his piggy bank to a mosque which had been vandalized in Texas? Or the boy who said to hell with all the "masculine bullsh-t" and dressed up as Elsa for Halloween? Or the adorable human of New York who whipped out some hard-hitting journalism on NASA's space program and got the 411? BB heroes, all of them.
And now, we have another pint-sized bastion of goodness to celebrate.
A little boy named James came to the rescue of Julia Price, a woman who was out for an everyday path run in Santa Monica, California and was accosted by a cat-caller who used verbiage against her that far was less than gentlemanly. And little James, whom she estimates is around seven or eight years old, showed that his badge of honor is bigger than his whole body and then some.
Price, a singer originally from Troy, New York, shared the story on Facebook Wednesday (Nov. 18), and it has since reached viral status with over 440k likes.
"I was on my usual running path when I heard an older man yelling loudly enough for me to hear through my headphones. 'Sexy lady, hey hey hey sexy lady!' He kept screaming it and I decided to just ignore him and keep running," Julia wrote. After she refused to respond, though, that's when the situation escalated and the man, whom Price described as "well-dressed and appeared to be on his lunch break from an office job," resorted to profane name-calling.
"This ignoring seemed to piss him off so he lashed out and said 'eff you, dumb b---h!' Now let's keep in mind he was well-dressed and appeared to be on his lunch break from an office job.
That was my trigger point. The B word. I ripped off my headphones prepared to stand up for myself when this little boy who was walking alongside his mother and little sister in a stroller looked at the guy and said, 'Hey. That is not nice to say to her and she didn't like you yelling at her. You shouldn't do that because she is a nice girl and I don't let anyone say mean things to people. She's a girl like my sister and I will protect her.'"
The little boy's reaction must have caught the man by surprise because he "was immediately embarrassed and started gathering his lunch to leave."
After he left and Julia thanked little James with a hug, he said simply, "Well I just wanted to make sure your heart was okay."
"He was pretty much unfazed by the whole thing!" Price told MTV News. "I'm very passionate about standing up to catcalling as I spent years in New York City where it was sometimes so bad that it became exhausting just to walk outside. So to have (for the first time in my life) someone actually stand up to a catcaller on my behalf, let alone a child, I was beyond moved. I was dying to share it with my friends on Facebook and Instagram to help them find inspiration from it but had no idea it would reach so many people, and I feel like James symbolizes hope for so many now."
"It's something that I hope men and women can continue to come together on and to see so much support from men around the story is beyond inspiring," she added.