A mother whose son has special needs received a touching note from a stranger after her son became frustrated and "rowdy" while waiting for food to arrive at a restaurant.
Ashley England, from North Carolina, was eating at the Stag 'n' Doe Pizza House in China Grove with her family when her 8-year-old son, Riley, who has epilepsy and is nonverbal, became frustrated and had a tantrum while waiting for food.
Ashley, who said that she was worried that other diners in the restaurant would be upset by Riley's behavior, was touched when a kind stranger paid for the family's meal and left them a heartwarming note, according to Daily Mail.
Riley has had three major brain surgeries for his epilepsy, and Ashley said that he can become "rowdy" when he is frustrated at not being able to communicate. Ashley that Riley can have more than 100 seizures a day.
Ashley said Riley's outbursts can cause many to judge her son. "Until a person has walked in the shoes we have walked in," said Ashley. "They have no right to say one thing."
Ashley tearfully said the one thing she longs to hear from her son is "I love you," which Riley is unable to tell her.
"They take just a simple 'I love you' from your child for granted," she said of those who judge her son.
"The past few weeks have been very hard and trying for us -- especially with public outings," the mom told WSMV. "Riley was getting loud and hitting the table and I know it was aggravating for some people."
Before the family was about to leave the restaurant, they saw a server coming to their table with tears in her eyes.
"I'll try to do this without crying," said the waitress. "But another customer has paid for your bill tonight and wanted me to give you this note."
"God only gives special children to special people," read the note.
Ashley said that the small act of kindness made her cry. She said that she wanted to thank the mystery customer who gave the words of encouragement.
"To have someone do that small act towards us shows that some people absolutely understand what we are going through and how hard it is to face the public sometimes," said the mother.
"They made me cry, blessed me more than they know - I felt like out of all the rude negative comments that we are faced with - this outweighs them. The people who care!"