Acts of Kindness
An amazing gesture from a man to a mom on a train goes viral
A compliment for her parenting. Find out what was the gesture of this stranger to Sammie, the mother of a three-year-old boy.
Kenny Fernandez
07.04.21

Traveling with a small child is never easy. As much as you’d love to just sink in and enjoy the ride – you better have a bag of tricks to keep your little one entertained. And if they’re not on their best behavior? Well, it can feel like other passengers are watching and judging from their seats.

23-year-old Sammie Welch was traveling on a train with her three-year-old son Rylan. It was the second train they’d taken that day, and it was going to be a six-hour trip. Needless to say, the boy was tired and a bit cranky.

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Sammie tried everything to keep Rylan busy so he’d be happy and well-behaved.

Daily Mail reported that the single mom entertained him with activities like counting sheep, coloring, and reading. They also chatted with people, ate sandwiches and fruit, enjoyed listening to music on an MP3 player, and more.

After all of the fun, Sammie snuggled with her son and he eventually went to sleep in her lap.

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Little did she know, another passenger had been observing her parenting.

During the trip, there was a man sitting opposite of Sammie and Rylan on the train. But while the mom didn’t notice the guy, she stood out to him.

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Once he reached his stop, the man tapped Sammie on the shoulder.

He passed her a folded up piece of paper and said, “I think you dropped this…,” then walked away. Sammie was surprised, as she had no clue who the man was, nor what was inside of the paper.

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She couldn’t believe her eyes when she opened it…

In addition to a hand-written message, there was a £5 note (close to seven U.S. dollars). The letter said:

“Have a drink on me. You are a credit to your generation – polite & teaching the little boy good manners.”

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The mystery man had written even more kind words on the back of the paper.

“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!”

He then closed it by saying: “Man on train at table in glasses & hat. Have a lovely evening.”

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The mom was completely touched by the stranger’s sweet message and thoughtful gesture.

Sammie was so moved in fact, that she made it her mission to find the kind stranger so she could pass along her appreciation. She shared what happened on social media and then with the news. It quickly went viral!

Days later, 50-year-old Ken Saunders reached out after seeing the story in the newspaper. The mystery man was finally revealed and they were all able to meet. Turns out, he’s someone who enjoys performing good deeds.

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For Sammie, it meant the world to be complimented on her parenting. It was also a beautiful act that she’ll never forget. She told Daily Mail:

“I was just being a normal mum, but when I read the note I felt this incredible warmth. I’ve read it so many times now —you should see the state of it. And every time I read it, I feel warm again. Its effect hasn’t gone and I don’t think it ever will.”

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Watch the video below to see Sammie and three-year-old Rylan on Good Morning Britain! Isn’t this story so heartwarming?

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By Kenny Fernandez
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Kenny Fernandez is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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