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Published on October 28th, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


Single mum’s restaurant experience that is guaranteed to make you WEEP

We seem to be reporting on lots of acts of kindness towards lone parents at the mo, but this one made us well up just a bit more than the others (OK then, SOB).

US news channel ABC11 reports that a single mum to two children wrote to them about an experience she had in her local Pizza Hut.

Get the Kleenex ready and read on…

The mum told the paper she takes her two kids out for dinner every Friday night after school as a treat.  Recently, she had found out that her four-year-old daughter had bullying tendencies, and that her six-year-old son had Asperger syndrome and ADHD. This is in addition to her recently having gone through a very messy divorce and several house moves. 

On this particular evening, her son’s meds had worn off by the time they sat down to eat at 6pm, and she was reportedly left relying on the ‘parenting lessons she had learned from classes and reading’.

Spotting a young man dining alone near by, the mum immediately apologized in advance for any disturbance her children might make.  The man told her not to worry and said he understood because he was a dad of three himself.

The mum carried on trying to occupy her kids throughout the meal, and encouraged them to be on their best behavior and respectful of the other diners.

A while later, the man sitting close to them left, and shortly after that, a waitress and the restaurant manager appeared at the mum’s table.

The waitress told the family that the man had settled their bill and left them a Pizza Hut gift card and a letter.

The letter read:

“I do not know your back story, but I have had the privilege of watching you parent your children for the past 30 minutes. I have to say thank you for parenting your children in such a loving manner.

“I have watched you teach your children about the importance of respect, education, proper manners, communication, self control, and kindness all while being very patient. I will never cross your path again but am positive that you and your children have amazing futures.

“Keep up the good work and when it starts to get tough do not forget that others may be watching and will need the encouragement of seeing a good family being raised. God bless! – Jake”



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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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