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  • See what an act of kindness gets you?

  • You're here and--

  • Wow.

  • This is really amazing.

  • Because this just happened, like, two weeks ago.

  • And now, like, you're connected.

  • You're family.

  • Family, yes.

  • You say that you're family now.

  • Oh, yeah.

  • Yes, yes.

  • So you have been teaching for how long?

  • And where do you teach exactly?

  • I've been teaching since 2005.

  • And I teach at Texas A&M University

  • in College Station, Texas.

  • [APPLAUSE]

  • And so you have a child named Emmett.

  • Yeah.

  • And he's how old?

  • 10 months.

  • And you're a single mom.

  • Mm-hmm.

  • And so you thought, I'm not going

  • to be able to go to class.

  • [STAMMERS]

  • You had nobody--

  • I was going to.

  • [AUDIENCE COOS]

  • I know.

  • Look at that face.

  • Because you didn't have anybody to watch Emmett.

  • So how did this work out?

  • So September 7th, I got back to my office, Ellen.

  • And you know, you get this email from this student that says,

  • Dr. Musoma, can I meet with you before your class

  • starts today so that you can go over what's going on in class?

  • Because I'm not going to be able to make it to class today.

  • And you see the commitment.

  • You see that she wants to do school.

  • And you send her back an email and you say, call me.

  • This is my phone number.

  • She calls me back.

  • And I say, what's his name?

  • She said, Emmett James.

  • I said, how old is he?

  • She said, 10 months.

  • I said, bring him to class.

  • [APPLAUSE]

  • He said bring him.

  • [LAUGHS]

  • So he's backstage right now.

  • Hey, Jeannie, bring Emmett out.

  • I want to hold Emmett.

  • Yeah.

  • [LAUGHS]

  • You hold him during class.

  • I'll hold him during the show.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • Hi.

  • [APPLAUSE]

  • Hey, puppa.

  • Hey, puppa.

  • Hey, you're adorable.

  • All right, so you said this was going to be a rough year.

  • You didn't even think you were going

  • to be able to go to class.

  • And why is that?

  • Well--

  • Because of him.

  • Yes, I mean, I had I got pregnant with Emmett.

  • And I had him, obviously.

  • And I thought that things were just going downhill.

  • I just recently became a single mom.

  • And so I was depressed.

  • I didn't know what to do.

  • And he just completely turned around my year, completely.

  • And yeah, now I'm obviously able to go to school

  • and bring Emmett.

  • Yeah, amazing.

  • All right, so you were in labor, from what I understand,

  • and writing a paper at the same time.

  • Yes.

  • I had a photography assignment due.

  • And I was being induced at 5:30 in the morning.

  • So I was on pitocin and sending in my phot--

  • I wasn't able to finish it though, because--

  • And what-- what do you want?

  • You want some water?

  • Are you thirsty?

  • No, you want the flowers?

  • You're just pointing, saying they're pretty, pretty flowers.

  • What is the hardest part about being a single mom?

  • I am not very good with schedules.

  • I never have been.

  • And so being a single mom and a student

  • is really really, really hard.

  • But I just have to--

  • it's been hard trying to stick to a schedule.

  • He doesn't really know what he wants.

  • But yeah, that's got to be the hardest part.

  • Just organizing everything.

  • Organizing.

  • But Emmett makes it so much better.

  • He's such a blessing.

  • And he's my best friend.

  • [LAUGHS]

  • Oh.

  • [AUDIENCE COOS]

  • Well, now I want a baby.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • Look at what you've done.

  • Well, he does [INAUDIBLE].

  • Oh, Emmett.

  • Let's just stay like this for a minute.

  • I don't have--

  • I don't have any more questions.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • Emmett.

  • Why is he so sweet?

  • He is so sweet.

  • He did the same thing in class.

  • I mean, what happened in class, he just

  • kind of walked down and--

  • He did.

  • --and did the same thing.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • Don't act like you do this too.

  • It's just me and him right now.

  • Don't try to take away my moment.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • All right.

  • Well, this is a perfect way to start off our do good.

  • Ashton, I want to help you out.

  • You have expenses.

  • And my friends at Cheerios and I want to give you

  • a check for $10,000.

  • Oh, my gosh.

  • [CHEERING, APPLAUSE]

  • Thank you so much.

  • Can I hug you?

  • Thank you so much.

  • Oh, my gosh.

  • I don't even know today.

  • I'm thankful.

  • [CHEERING, APPLAUSE]

  • I want to encourage everyone to think

  • about doing good for others.

  • Go to my website.

  • Tell me what you're doing.

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Ellen Chats with Single Mom Ashton Robinson and Her Professor Henry Musoma

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    Kenneth Tang posted on 2017/10/24
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