It’s not socially acceptable for strangers to comment on how a parent is treating their child. However, a random act of kindness made all the difference for the mother of a young child from England. When Sammie Welch and her 3-year-old son Rylan were traveling on a train, they never could have expected the sweet gesture that a stranger would extend. Sammie kept Rylan occupied during the trip so that he wouldn’t become fussy.
She figured that it was a small courtesy to the others around them and especially the case on a lengthy train ride. So Sammie played games with Rylan and talked to him about his day. She also spoke with him about how important it is to have good manners on the train.
Rylan behaved perfectly and that didn’t go unnoticed by the man seated by Sammie. As he was about to walk away, he handed something to her… she didn’t realize what it was initially, but found a note wrapped around a £5 bill!
The note read: “Have a drink on me, you’re a credit to your generation, polite and teaching the little boy good manners.”
That was all generous enough, but Sammie found more on the backside of the note, where the man had written: “P.S. I have a daughter your age, someone did the same for her once. Hope when she has children she is as good a mother as you.”
He signed it: “Man on train at table with glasses and hat. Have a lovely evening.”
Sammie was thrilled to get the amazing compliment and she broke down in tears on the train. She had no idea who the man was or how to thank him, so she took to her Facebook page to share more details and photos in hopes of finding him.
She soon discovered that the man was Ken Saunders, a 50-year-old project manager, who has a daughter Sammie’s age. Ken had seen the story in the newspaper with a photo of his note and got in touch with the paper to connect with Sammie.
He told the Daily Mail that he hadn’t realized how his “small action” could mean so much. He noted: “I just couldn’t believe it. There was this massive story. It was quite surreal and I texted my daughter Romani to warn her I’d done something embarrassing yet again.”
Sammie, Rylan, and Ken were reunited so Sammie could properly thank him for the kindness. She told Ken that the note and money were a very nice reassurance that she was doing okay as a mom.
She explained to the Daily Mail: “I worry I’m not doing a good job with Rylan all the time — all the time. I worry, am I too hard on him? Am I too soft on him? I try so hard to get it right. So for someone to say I’m going a good job means everything.”
Ken’s gesture really shows that even small acts of kindness can go a long way in helping others. He told the newspaper why he gave Sammie the note, explaining: “I just thought she was such a good mum. She was teaching him manners and keeping him busy, and it was such a long journey for a bouncy little boy.”