Man gives 23-year-old mother a note telling her she's a good mother

Samantha Welch and her three-year-old son Rylan were on a crowded train in England on their way from Birmingham to Plymouth. The young mother spent the six-hour journey entertaining her son with games. They also chatted with the other passengers to while away the time. "Rylan likes to ask people how they are and tell them their hair looks nice — he’s good at compliments," explained the proud mom. Samantha also used the time on the train to teach her child some basic manners such as putting his hand over his mouth when he coughed and saying 'please' and 'thank-you' when they bought something to eat.

Eventually Rylan fell asleep cuddled up on his mother's lap. A man sitting across from them wearing a hat and glasses got up to leave the train, but as he went past he gave Samantha a note and said, "I think you’ve dropped this out of your bag." Samantha was curious and immediately opened it. To her surprise, she found a five-pound note and these words: "Have a drink on me, you’re a credit to your generation, polite and teaching the little boy good manners. 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."

The young, single mother was extremely touched by the unexpected kind words. "I worry I’m not doing a good job with Rylan all the time — all the time," Samantha confessed. "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 doing a good job means everything." She was so grateful for the words of encouragement that she decided she had to find this kind man and thank him personally, so she took to Facebook and began searching for the stranger with the hat and glasses. One week later, her efforts paid off. She found out that the man was Ken Saunders, a 50-year-old father of four. He had been on his way home after a stressful week and watching the young mother and her son on the train had brought a ray of sunshine into a rather grey day. "I thought, ‘She’s lightened up my night, I’m going to lighten up her night,'" Ken explained.

What a beautiful random act of kindness!

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