Before Her World Changed
She could tell that there was something very wrong. He definitely had something to say to her and she knew that it was going to be anything but nice.
He finally got up off of his seat and walked straight to her. He had something in his hands that would change everything.
Mom And Son
Sammie Welch was a 23-year-old mother with a beautiful 3-year-old boy. She was heading to Plymouth on a train to get back home after visiting her parents.
Sammie was used to having to act as both a mother and a father for her son. But she could never have anticipated this.
She traveled for six hours with her son in her arms. He had started to fidget and she knew that she would have to work hard to keep him still.
Sammie was also tired though and going around all weekend and entertaining her parents didn’t help. Her thoughts went to getting a sitter and going to work the next day.
Sammie needed to make sure her son was alright so she had to hide her emotions from him. She didn’t want him to notice her stress.
She managed to hide it from him but someone else would see through this and couldn’t keep their opinion to themselves.
Just The Beginning
When her son first started fidgeting she decided to give him one of his favorite treats. Soon afterward he was asleep. She was thankful for the calm. But before the calm comes the storm.
After her son was soundly sleeping she felt that there was a set of eyes on her. She looked behind her.
She was right. A man was looking directly at her. She could feel his judging eyes burn her back as he watched how she would handle her young boy in public.
The man looked at her without a smile. He wore glasses and a hat and looked rather dissatisfied with something. It was Sammie’s worst nightmare come true.
She was stuck in an enclosed space with prying, judgmental eyes as she did her best to keep her son from crying and causing a racket to everyone else.
She ignored the man that continued to stare at her and her boy. She imagined that he was telepathically threatening her to move elsewhere. Then it got much much worse.
Fun And Games
After Sammie’s son finished his nap, he needed something else to keep him entertained so Sammie got out a pack of cards and started to teach him card games.
Her son laughed and clapped as they played and she often had to tell him to quieten down and be mindful of the other people on the train. But for one man, it was too late. He had seen and heard enough.
Something To Say
Sammie knew something was about to go down. No one constantly stares like that at you for nothing. She knew the man in the hat and glasses had something to say.
She was so wrapped up in her son that she didn’t notice when he finally rose from his seat and headed straight for her.
Writing With Purpose
Before the man got up off his seat, he grabbed a pen and paper from his briefcase and quickly scribbled down his thoughts. He tucked the pen away and folded the piece of paper.
He carried it in his hand as he made his way over to Sammie, and then to the exit door of the train. His stop was next. As he passed Sammie, he tapped her on the shoulder.
Surprised, Sammie turned to see the same man that was staring at her earlier stand over her. He was tall and looked older now that he was up close. She braced herself for what he would say to her. She still had the feeling that he was judging her.
He looked at the boy and then back to Sammie. “I think you dropped something”, he said as he handed her the piece of paper.
Confused, Sammie took the piece of paper that he was shoving into her hand. She watched as he exited the train and then unfolded what was in her hand.
Inside the paper were a $5 bill and a note that read; “Have a drink on me. You are a credit to your generation – polite & teaching the little boy good manners.”
Words Of Encouragement
On the back read; “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!”
Sammie was so overwhelmed by this kind gesture that it took all she had not to break down in tears right then and there. She received a note of encouragement just when she needed it most. But who was this man?
After posting her story online, Sammie was asked to appear on Good Morning Britain. The nation rallied to find the mysterious man that gifted her with his kind message and note she’d never forget.
Sammie was desperate to find him and thank him for how he made her feel in a moment of complete exhaustion. Turns out, she wouldn’t have to wait long.
Just a few days after her tv appearance, 50-year-old Ken Saunders reached out to her after seeing their story in a local newspaper.
He was just as taken back that his simple act of kindness had such a profound impact on the young single-mom. They were able to meet and as it turns out, Saunders is someone who just enjoys performing good deeds, especially to those deserving!