It was a normal day for Andy Ross from Vancouver, Washington. Andy was out running errands when he had an unexpected interaction with a mother and her young daughter. He’d been working a long day on his construction site so he had some dirt on his clothes and around his face, but other than that, it was a normal day. That is until he noticed the young girl staring at him intensely.
Then Andy Ross saw what the girl’s mother was doing
They finished their shop and headed towards the exit. Andy spotted the mother pointing at him. Then she quietly told her daughter, “That is why you need to stay in school.”
Andy Ross naturally had some choice words for the judgemental mother. Words which he then shared in an open letter on Facebook which showed why you should never judge a book by its cover. There are a few things the mother didn’t know about Andy.
Andy Ross began to list his interactions on Facebook
“So I had a very interesting “educational” conversation with a woman and her daughter today. As I entered the store before I got home, a little girl kept staring at me. Which is fine. I know that kids are curious when they see someone, especially as dirty as I was. They ended up in front of me as I was checking out. The little girl still staring, her mother told her to stop staring. As they finished and headed towards the door, I hear her mom say quietly to the little girl, “that is why you need to stay in school.” I figured this was a great time to educate this mother and her 7/8-year-old daughter.”
Andy then began to talk about his background and list some of his achievements:
“First, I happen to be a very educated dirty man. I not only have a high school diploma, I also have a college degree and many medical certifications.So assuming that I am uneducated because of my appearance is actually quite ignorant in itself.”
Andy then goes on to point out how this mother’s ‘life lesson’ is actually damaging to her daughter’s growth and development:
“Secondly, if you are telling your daughter to stay in school because I have tattoos up and down my arms, that will actually suppress her creativity and potentially hinder her imagination as she develops.”
Ross continued to talk about his tattoos and why you shouldn’t judge a person for having them.
“Again, contradictory to your point ma’am. I am proud of my tattoos and artwork that Forrest Bateman put on my body. It’s a representation of my pride in my country and my service over multiple combat tours as a special operations medic.”
Andy chose to work in the construction industry. “I am proud to say that I am apart of building America and I enjoy my job every day.”
Ross worked a desk job when he left the service but it wasn’t the right career move for him. “I enjoy working with my hands and being outdoors.”
“Subsequently, it comes with being dirty some days. I make good money, have benefits, and am able to provide for my family without issue. So my appearance reflects nothing to do with my level of intelligence or pursuing a higher level of education.”
Andy then left the woman and her daughter with a final statement, “have a good day and try not to judge people before you know anything about them. Good luck with her little girl.”
On Andy’s Facebook post, he ended with some lessons for the day:
- Don’t judge people at first glance.
- Do what you love and enjoy and it never works.
- Blue collar jobs are the best jobs. They can pay great and it doesn’t always come with a price tag.
- Education is important, but college doesn’t guarantee you anything.
- Experience, hard work and dedication allow you to be successful in your career path.
- When attempting to insult someone’s intelligence and education level, don’t allow yourself to be out educated by said dirty man.
- I need a shower.
There you have it guys, never judge a book by its cover. Do you Andy Ross had the right reaction? Do you think the mother learned her lesson? At Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section below.