Your thirteen year old son, Devon, is not allowed to go to the mall by himself, especially during the busy Holiday season. He would have to ride his bike in heavy traffic to the bus stop and then take the bus across town. You just do not think it is safe. Devon is out of school for Winter Break and he wants to go to the mall. You tell him you will take him tomorrow as you have to work today. Devon gets bored and decides to go on his own anyway. He successfully makes it through traffic and secures his bike at the bus stop. He makes it across town to the crowded mall without incident.
Devon is sitting at the food court finishing his lunch when something on the floor under his table catches his eye. He picks it up. It is a woman's wallet. Devon is curious so he opens the wallet. Devon counts five hundred dollars and notices a credit card as well. Devon's thoughts immediately rush to the game system he has been wanting. The cash would more than cover the game system plus several games. Devon almost takes the cash and the credit card to head over and buy the system and the games and then he notices some pictures in the wallet. It is a picture of four young children - three boys and a girl.
Something comes over Devon and he takes the wallet to the mall security office leaving the cash and credit card untouched. Hoping the wallet will be unclaimed and thinking the money would then be his, Devon leaves his name and phone number. Devon successfully makes it back home and you are none the wiser of his adventure.
Devon is out with friends and you are home from work and resting. Devon left his phone behind and it rings and you answer it. On the other end is an extremely grateful single mother. She asks for Devon and you explain you are the parent and he is out. The caller relates how her wallet fell out of her purse at the mall and how Devon turned it in with all of the cash intact. She says she is so thankful because the money was all she had for her children's Christmas gifts and for groceries. She commends Devon and tells you to be proud of your honest and caring son. She insists on giving Devon a reward and asks if she may have a mailing address.
So, Devon blatantly disobeyed you yet he did a good deed. What would have happened had he not been at the mall to recover the wallet?
What will you tell the thankful caller? What will happen to Devon when he comes in? Does the good deed balance out the deliberate disobedience?