Stranger's Note to Struggling Mom at Pizza Hut Goes Viral, Warms Hearts

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Parents know that going out to restaurant with small children can be tough. It can be great in that you don't have to cook, but it's always a challenge.

At its best, it's hectic, with more wrangling, cleaning, and wiping up going on actual eating. At worst, if the kids act up, it can be stressful and disruptive.

If you happen to be a single parent of three kids, including two who have special needs, you can multiply all of those concerns several times over.

Take the case of one mom, who wishes to remain nameless and has been taking her kids out to a new restaurant every Friday for the last few years.

During one of those meals out recently, she nervously apologized in advance for the noise her family to a man who was sitting nearby. But he didn't mind.

In fact, he paid for her family's meal and left her a note that brought her to tears. Any parent who reads it after the jump may join her in that regard:

"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."

After receiving such a kind gesture from a stranger, the mom was beside herself.

She told ABC News afterward, "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. I want him and his family to know that he's awesome."

"You never know who's watching you."

To her, this meant the world, and not just because of the free meal. The fact that a kind soul took such enjoyment in sitting next to her and her family?

Priceless.

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That was nice of the man. At least she's knows she has raised her children the best she knows how... And it shows. They will become good parents I'm sure when they get older and have kids. It's all about what you teach your children.

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She will never find herself on any kind of award show unless she makes a complete fool out of herself with a "foam finger" up her ass but still, it's good to know that their are real people with standards out in public that others find rewarding. Keep hope alive!

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Good to know there are still a few that reward good behavior because we spend enough time rewarding bad behavior.

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he is job & homeless?

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In pretty sure if ur was a black mother that would have not happend

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@ Ann

That's cause most blacks don't teach their children. Their just good at having them and letting them do whatever they want. Most dont have manners,self control,and respect. So really...

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@ Omg

what a terrible thing to say. Go take an anthropology intro course and stop being such a fucking IDIOT.

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@ Ann

you must be black.. always about color. Get a life.

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This happened to me a few months ago. Took my 3 kids out, dad was working overnight shift, and a man came up SMS gave me a free meal coupon. It was great. I have also gotten compliments on my parenting and good my kids are....its the best feeling in the world

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Please readers use this as an example and do some small act of kindness for someone. It doesnt have to be financial, I'm sure this woman would have been just as moved to have simply received the note. We need to start putting good energy out there. Whatever you put out there always come back to you 7-fold; good or bad. "The greatest test is when you are able to bless someone else while you are going thu your own storm"