Kind Gesture by Fellow Diner Surprises Single Mom

He pays her family's bill, leaves 3-page letter

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 29, 2013 5:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's not uncommon to hear about someone picking up the check for a total stranger in a restaurant, but this one's a little unusual because it also involves a three-page letter that moved the recipient to tears. It happened in North Carolina, when a Raleigh single mom took her 4-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to a Pizza Hut, reports WTVD. After they arrived, she apologized in advance to a man sitting nearby because her kids tended to be loud. (The boy has Asperger's and ADHD, and the girl has behavioral issues of her own.)

The man said it was no big deal and went about his meal. The mom went about trying to parent her kids as best she could in a public restaurant. After the man left, a waitress informed the woman that he had paid her bill, left a gift card, and written her that three-page letter. "I do not know your back story, but I have had the privilege of watching you parent your children for the past 30 minutes," it read. "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."

A Pizza Hut restaurant in Los Angeles.
A Pizza Hut restaurant in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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