After his first week at work, Texas High School Junior Bradley Domian's first paycheck went to his family's household bills. Much of his second check went to purchase a new vacuum cleaner. Today, he hopes to get to Wal-Mart to replace a recently deceased kitchen microwave oven.
These days American society is overwhelmed by stories of tragedy, hopelessness and failure. Our nation's youth, more often than not, are seen as dangerous, thoughtless and selfish. This is not one of those stories.
I was recently made aware of an exceptional 17-year-old living in my community whose life deserves recognition. Bradley Domian is not your typical teenager. His life is quite a contrast to the lives of those glorified in American pop culture circles. He is a humble spirit, who relies on the comfort found in performing selfless acts.
For years, Bradley's step dad, Dale, has required extensive stays in the hospital for chronic lung ailments. Money has always been tight in the Domian household, but it wasn't until Bradley's mom suffered a broken leg and lost her job that things drifted towards desperate.
Without being told, this Spring High School Varsity Football player took it upon himself to seek employment at a local hamburger shop to help his struggling family. Today, Bradley has been promoted to the position of trainer at Freddie's Frozen Custard and Steak Burgers in Spring, Texas. He thinks they may make him a manager soon. I can see why.
Many of us from old book generations might think little of Domian's effort as many of us attended school, played sports and held a job. However, I never took Advanced Placement courses, maintained A's and B's and worked in excess of 50 hours per week. I never had to worry about the mortgage, the utility and grocery bill. When compared to Bradley Domian, I was spoiled.
Bradley's position on his football team is Left Guard; a position that requires tremendous toughness as you are pummeled regularly to protect others and receive little of the glory. Bradley is no giant. Actually he is small for a guard, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in dedication and determination. I could see it in his eyes. I could also see a kindness often absent in many of today's youth. A kindness I assume comes from the love and Christian upbringing provided by his mother and step father.
Recently, Bradley was faced with the very real possibility that he would lose the man he has grown to love as a Dad. Once again, Dale fell ill and was placed on life support at a local hospital. Somehow, after being removed from the machines and tubes Dale survived, but he still remains in the hospital today with Bradley's mom at his side.
Bradley shared some of the life experiences that keep him going. "I'm just doing what I have to," he told me. "I'm really grateful for my mom. When she is home we read the bible together and pray. Every day she calls me from the hospital to share a bible quote. I like that. It helps me."
He was candid about his inability to attend regular church services. Almost ashamed to admit it, he told me between school, work and his mom's absence---not to mention he has yet to acquire a driver's license---getting to and from church can be difficult. He hopes to one day solve that problem as well.
I asked him about the new Nike's on his feet. He responded, "Yeah, I got them cheap on the internet. My old ones were pretty worn out."
"I also finally got a cell phone," he added. "I had to with mom and Dale always at the hospital."
I asked him if he was on Facebook. He said, "I'm really not a social media guy. I really don't have the time. It's not for me."
Imagine that America, a 17 year old who is not a social media kind of guy!
I am grateful that this busy and purposeful young man had the time to speak with me. He may not be all spit and polish, he may be plain and forgettable in High School circles, but he is a remarkable example of one of our up and coming generation that deserves respect and a watchful eye.
Bradley has aspirations of attending the University of Houston and majoring in business. I do not know if a scholarship is in Bradley's future, but if I were a wealthy man I would consider it an honor to participate in this young American's future.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.