Several Facebook posts about a father who left his son in the woods to become a man is going massively viral. The exact wording and ending vary a bit, but here is the general story.
A father takes his son into the forest, blindfolds him an leaves him alone. Here are the requirements he must meet in order to become a man:
– He must wear the blindfold all night. He cannot remove it until the sun is shining
– He cannot cry out for help
– He cannot leave the stump his father leaves him on
– He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.
The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him . Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold.
It would be the only way he could become a man! Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
The moral of the story, even when you think you’re alone and going through hard times, you have friends and family who are willing to support you, even if you don’t know they are there.
There are several variations to the story, but this one was our favorite.