It’s not easy being a mom, but being a single mom can be even more difficult. When you’ve hit a rough patch and nothing seems to be going right, a small act of kindness can make all the difference.
Suzanne Maughan was enjoying a day out with her daughter when she met an older woman named Mary, who was eating at the table next to them.
The mom told the full story in a Facebook post:
“My precious girl and I went to breakfast this morning and after sitting down, a lady was seated at the table right next to us. She was by herself and kept looking over and smiling at us. When our food came, I began to cut up Hayley’s pancakes when the lady leaned over and said to her, ‘You must have the best mom in the whole world.
Never forget how amazing she is.’ She then told me she had a daughter who is now 49 and lives all the way in Baltimore. She told us her name is Mary and we gave her our names. Throughout the meal, we would have little conversations but mostly, she seemed to just be observing my relationship with my daughter and smiling at us. When we went up front to pay for our food, Mary had already left but waiting for us was the news she had paid for our food and left us a sweet note on the receipt.
‘Thank you for sharing your mother day and daughter day with me. Mary.’’
Mary doesn’t know I’m a single mother of two. She doesn’t know how difficult this week has been for me. She doesn’t know my anxieties and insecurities and how much I pray to not feel so lonely. But God knows. And today, Mary listened to that prompting and was able to be our angel, to remind us how loved we are. So thank you, Mary. You have made such a difference in my life with your kindness.”
A beautiful reminder to get off the phone and pay attention to people around you. You never know who’s life you can change with just your smile or a Hello. We’re glad there are people like Mary who can help moms like Maughan’s days be a little brighter.