Man Praises Struggling Single Mom in Inspiring Way

single mom and her daughterSingle mothers are remarkable. They are providers and nurturers, protectors and healers; and they rarely find time for those desperately needed personal breaks. They function as both mom and dad. Their married friends don’t understand why they’re so exhausted, and their single friends don’t understand why they don’t “get out” more often. They are stuck somewhere between needing help and wanting to prove they can do without. It’s easy to feel alone in the single-mother world. I know this because, for a while, I was one too.

It only takes one person to make an immeasurable difference.

Last week, this divorced mother took her three children – two with special needs – to Pizza Hut for dinner. While there, she “approached a man sitting in a booth nearby and apologized in advance for the noise she knew her kids were likely to make.”

She didn’t know it at the time, but this man watched her. “It wasn't until after he left that the man's kindness was revealed: before leaving the restaurant, he made arrangements to pay for the family's meal, purchased a Pizza Hut gift card for them, and left the single mom of three a note that brought her to tears.”

The touching note was written on receipts, and it was one of the most uplifting and gratifying moments for which this single mother will always remember and be grateful.

According to the article, this is what the note said:

“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”

Our world needs more of this! Single mothers are working hard, and an occasional “You know what? You’re doing great!” goes a long way. It can revitalize their defeated hearts, making it that much easier to care for their children, alone, one more day.

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“You just don't know what people go through. Here I've had the worst few years of my life and I never get recognition like this, I just do what I can to get by,” the struggling single mother said during an interview with ABC 11. “I want him and his family to know that he's awesome. You never know who's watching you.”

Are you a single mother, or do you know a single mother, in need of some uplifting moments? Please share!

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Man Praises Struggling Single Mom in Inspiring Way

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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