As random acts of kindness go, this one takes the biscuit. In fact, it paid for lunch.
A new mum shared this snap on Facebook after a couple paid their restaurant bill and left this note by way of explanation. It reads:
I wanted to offer to hold your sweet baby while you both ate lunch, but my husband said I'd look like a stalker :)
So, I'm buying your lunch instead. Enjoy that sweet baby - we have teenagers and know what's ahead for you, so snuggle your wee one while you can.
I'm a sucker for sweet stories of kindness like this one - although I can't help feeling a bit miffed that I've yet to have anyone offer to buy my lunch on account of them taking pity on me or them marvelling at my parenting skills. Hmm. Must try harder.
I don't mind admitting that my slushy old heart twanged at the teenagers part, too. As the mother of pre-teens I share this anonymous lunch-buyer's sense that new babies are worth snuggling a little extra tightly when you realise just how quickly they morph from that into something much less squishable. But it also made me feel kind of sorry for the parents of those teenagers. Aw. They really do grow up too fast, but I don't think I'd really have appreciated that sentiment if someone had said that to me in a note when my lads were little.
But how would you feel if someone paid for your meal and left you a note like this? Are you in agreement with those who've commented on this on social media to say how sad it seems that strangers can't offer to hold a baby without fear of looking like a stalker?
And what's the kindest thing a stranger has ever done for y0u or your family? We'd love to hear about it. Come and share the details over on our Facebook page.