The Short of It
When a babysitter cancelled at the last minute, a college professor stepped in to watch his student's kids so she could take her final exam.
ROTC student Monica Romero was preparing to take her U.S military history final when a babysitter cancelled on her at the last minute and left the 28-year-old single mom in a jam.
Left with no other options, Romero brought her 4-year-old son, Marcus, and 5-year-old daughter, Mikayla, to class with her and parked them on a couch in the hall with a computer and a tablet.
Romero told Buzzfeed she was filled with anxiety about leaving her kids out in the hall. "To get the test complete," she remembered thinking, "It's going to take a miracle."
Sure enough, just a few minutes later, Marcus started banging on the door in an attempt to get her attention. But when Romero got up to placate him, her professor, Dr. Daniel Krebs, stopped her in her tracks.
"I thought he was going to ask me to leave," Romero told ABC News. But instead, the professor surprised her. "Dr. Krebs said, 'Don't worry. Go take your test. I've got them.'"
Dr. Krebs spent the next 45 minutes entertaining Marcus and Mikayla. "The little boy knew the names of the [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles] and he's yelling out these Italian names," he told ABC News. "And the girl climbed on my shoulders and pulled my hair. But, apparently, I was so distracted that I didn't know people were taking photos of me."
Romero's friend Victoria Henry was one of those people and snapped a shot of the professor's kind act. She posted it to Facebook, where it quickly went viral.
"Such a kind and caring act committed when the reaction could have been the complete opposite," Henry wrote in the caption. "My heart is warm tonight. Tis the season."
Juggling motherhood and school is no easy task. And while Romero said she receives lots of support from her friends, it looks like Dr. Krebs' stellar skills at saving the day may have scored him a callback for another babysitting gig.
"[My kids] didn't want to leave," Romero said. "They really just had a lot of fun. They want to come back to class with me."
Dr. Krebs, however, thinks Romero's actions are more extraordinary than his own: "A person like Monica, she's a non-commissioned officer going to school; she's a mom of two kids. I mean, that's the kind of thing that's really impressive," he told ABC News. "Me handling her kids for 40, 45 minutes, that's not impressive."