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Diner honours single mom with covered tab, praise

More than a kind gesture, the kind stranger gave one mother the best kind of validation.
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Chiara O. Scuri, October 30, 2013 9:43:31 AM

In life-affirming restaurant tab news, today’s edition comes from a local Pizza Hut in Raleigh, North Carolina.

It was at this particular pie franchise that a diner observed a singer mother deftly handling her three children, two of whom have special needs.

The woman, who didn’t want to be named, has plenty of practice. She told ABC News that after her divorce and several moves, she’s made it a priority to take her kids out for a restaurant ritual every Friday night.

Frequency doesn’t always mean ease, and before they got started, the woman approached a man sitting in a nearby booth and apologized for any noise her children were about to make at the table.

It often takes another parent to empathize with such a request, and the man, named Jake, reassured her it would be no issue, as he has kids himself and knows the drill.

After a fairly successful meal, the mother asked her server for the cheque. She expected a sum of what she owed. What she received in its place made her cry.

In addition to covering her bill and purchasing her a Pizza Hut gift card, he had left her this note:

“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.”

The woman told the news network that she was absolutely moved by his gesture and more than anything else, appreciated the acknowledgment and validation that she was doing the best she could despite difficult circumstances.

It’s so easy to be good to others with these small gestures that it’s surprising this doesn’t happen more. Some food for thought (bill has been taken care of, so put your credit card away).


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