Mom's Handed Note After Son Has Meltdown In Restaurant
Kristin Danley 4/10/2018
Parents of special needs children have the patience of saints and hearts of gold, but sometimes those hearts can be broken by hurtful comments and rude stares sent their way. Embarking upon adventures to the grocery store, church, and even out to eat can quickly escalate into a regretful outing.
Lauren Copp Nordberg of Washington knows this all too well. This 35-year-old mom has been the target of others' unkindness when her son Elliot, 6, has a "meltdown."
Facebook/Lauren Copp Nordberg
Elliot has Asperger's and the littlest things can trigger a reaction in him. When children on the autism spectrum have their routines disrupted, it causes an amazing amount of strife for them.
So something as simple as a dentist's appointment for other kids can be a difficult outing for those with autism. Elliot had gone to the dentist one morning and Lauren was thrilled that everything had gone smoothly.
Lauren decided to treat Elliot to lunch out at their favorite diner. He was so excited for pancakes!
But the moment Elliot remembered he had left something at home that he wanted right then and there, he threw himself into a full blown meltdown, Lauren shared. Because people on the autism spectrum have difficulty communicating, they often lash out like Elliot did.
Lauren had just ordered their lunch, so as people continued to stare at them, she decided to escort her son outside. This allowed him the freedom to react to the situation without strangers gawking.
She usually is fully armed with her tools of distraction for just such an instance, such as headphones or an iPad. But she had left all of those at home, and it didn't help that they weren't seated at their regular table.
"Thankfully he calmed down when he saw food, ate the food, then amped right back up again."
She knew that some of their fellow diners had their meal disrupted and the strangers who had no clue Elliot had Asperger's just didn't understand. Lauren hoped to quickly escape.
She asked the diner owner Cyndi Moody for her receipt. That's when Cyndi broke the news to Lauren...
The mom could not believe what had happened. She was surprised that someone had actually gone up to the owner to do something like this!
Lauren shared on Facebook:
"Someone else had paid our bill. There is good in the world and this mama is thankful for the kindness of strangers."
Facebook/Lauren Copp Nordberg
Not only did a stranger pay their bill, but it was the sweet, reassuring note written on the receipt that tugged at Lauren's heart. Someone else understood. The words would have brought anyone to tears.
"Have a great day! You are doing a wonderful job! God bless. From a mother who knows..."
Lauren wished she could thank the woman who not only showed her support by paying for their lunch, but simply hug her for the words she wrote that meant the world to a stressed mom. What a wonderful gesture!