Mr Ken Saunders, 50, was so impressed with the way in which single mum Miss Samantha Welch was bringing up her 3 year old son Rylan that he gave her a heart felt note saying that she was a great ‘role model’ and enclosed a £5.00 note for her to buy herself a drink to ‘make her night’ as watching her with her son had ‘made his night’ and that she was ‘a credit to her generation’.
During her 5 hour train journey from Plymouth to Crewe Miss Welch played with her son Rylan, kept his manners in check in a quiet and caring way, gently got him off to sleep and even when he was asleep popped him on her knee so that another passenger could have his seat. Not realising who the note was from at the time Miss Welch used Facebook to search the kind gentleman out. Reunited yesterday she had a chance to thank him. She said: ‘Thank you so much. I don’t think you realise the impact you actually had and what you actually did for us.”
Both my husband and I have been complimented a number of times on how well behaved my 3 children are with comments like ‘they are a credit to you’, ‘ it’s so refreshing to see such polite children’ and ‘you should be proud of them’. After which we bask in the glow of appreciation and smugness that follows, and you know so we should. It really is hard work raising well behaved children. The constant ‘don’t do that’, ‘you know how to behave’, ‘quieten down’ ‘think of others’ ‘be kind’, use your manners’, ‘knife and fork’, ‘P’s & Q’s, etc. is exhausting and its jolly nice when someone does make a kind comment. The gift of money might be a bit odd, but I’m sure it was meant in only the kindest way, and Miss Welch did appreciate the gesture.
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