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The Reason This Professor Is Holding a Child Will Make You Smile

posted: 09/24/15
by: Mara Betsch
Professor Joel Bunkowske
Amanda Osbon

Life isn't easy for single moms, especially if those single moms are trying to balance motherhood, a career, and their education. And yet, they rarely catch a break when uncontrollable events affect their schedule.

So when 27-year-old Amanda Osbon's babysitter cancelled before her evening class at DeVry University, she was afraid she'd have to miss class. Thankfully, she called her professor to ask if she could bring her 22-month-old son Xzavier with her, and he agreed. That gesture alone was appreciated, but what Professor Joel Bunkowske did later brought her to tears.

During a break in the middle of the three-hour class, Xzavier started squirming, wanting to get down from his chair. She told Today.com: "If you saw my face in class, I was so embarrassed at first. My son kept wanting to get down [from his seat], and [Bunkowske] said, 'Amanda, everybody here has kids. It can be hard for a child to sit there for three hours, so by all means let him down.'"

Xzavier made a beeline for the front of the room, and stood in front of Bunkowske, with his arms raised up. Without missing a beat, the professor picked him up and kept teaching. Osbon said she immediately started crying.

"If you're going to miss class because you don't have a babysitter, I'd much rather let's find a way to accommodate that for adult working people," Bunkowske told WKRN Nashville, who broke the story.

Working towards a
bachelor's degree in criminal justice, Osbon has maintained a 4.0, but not without plenty of stress about daycare, finances and other day-to-day worries. Bunkowske's random act of kindness gave her hope that things will get better.