Ten-year-old Ryker loves cats. He loves cats so much that he ordered a new lunchbox with various cats floating in space.
He was ecstatic to start taking it to school … until other boys in his class began teasing him about it.
Maybe it was because of the colors or because of the cats. We’ll never know for sure, but the point is the bullying crushed this sweet, cat-loving boy’s spirit.
He wanted to stop taking his lunch altogether so he wouldn’t be teased anymore.
When David Pendragon heard about his cousin’s son’s broken spirit, he decided to take action.
He ordered the same exact lunch box and took it to work with him. He said that he “proudly carried it to work today at my large, conservative, corporate workplace.”
He wanted his cousin to know that not all men are the same. Some love dogs and basic colors. Some don’t.
He put it this way, “There is no one way to be a man. Men can be colorful. Men can be expressive. Men can be emotional and silly and gleeful.”
Whenever someone at work asked him about it, he would tell them about Ryker and the boys at school.
“They all stand with Ryker too,” he said.
There have been almost 8,000 comments of support on Pendragon’s post.
“Never be afraid to be yourself Ryker, and don’t stand down. Hope you’re taking your lunch box to school again,” Katelyn Hewitt commented. “And we’re ALL behind you!”
As for Pendragon, he loves his new cats in space lunchbox. He just hopes it can inspires Ryker and other boys like him to be confident in their likes and dislikes.
He said, “I hope Ryker and all the other boys out there can see that their passion and self-expression is never something to be ashamed of.”
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