This scene from Chapter six where a guy in his late teen years insults Wes while his friend and he were going out to get dinner is important to Wes Moore's life because it helps him realize that there are always going to be people that are going to be rude towards you, no matter where you go. Although Wes had gotten into some of the street life back in the Bronx, he didn't know how to fully act in that type of situation. He did the better thing and returned to campus. In the text, it reads, "But I had to let this one go. I had to look at the bigger picture." This shows that Wes learned to observe the problem from a different perspective and decided to do what was best. The book also says, "I thought about my mother and how she would feel if this escalated any further. I thought about my father and the name he chose for me." These sentences also let the reader see that Wes was also thinking about what his parents would've done in this situation and what they would want him to do also. From this moment in his life, Wes learned how to be a better person, to think about what would best benefit him, and to think before acting in these types of situations.
"Well, you have our names, so do what you have to do," he said. pg 119
"I am Colonel Bose's son, and not only are you rude but your uniforms are in disarray. I am going to report you both." pg 119
"This is military school, I thought to myself. We were supposed to be protected from this kind of stuff." pg 120