Mom Caught Off Guard After Waiter Hands Her Note About Son
Marilyn Caylor 2/7/2018
Growing up can be tough, especially when kids around you point out things about you that are different. Wearing the wrong clothes or being the nerdy kid seems to be reason enough for children to ostracize their classmates during recess or lunchtime.
Unfortunately the bullying doesn't always stop when kids turn into adults. Grown-ups can be the worst culprits when it comes to making a kid feel bad about themselves! Sadly, sometimes they don't even realize what they're doing.
When mom took her three kids to eat dinner at the Stone Werks restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, she didn't think anything unusual would happen, except perhaps a few unkind glances towards her son. Although he looked normal, it wasn't until he started talking that his "difference" became apparent.
On Facebook, a woman only known as B. Hanna has a son who stutters, and taking him out in public can sometimes make him feel a bit nervous:
"We were greeted by a kind young man who took our order and had patience with my 11-year-old who sometimes stutters when ordering or talking to new people. After he left, my son said with a smile 'Mom, did you hear our waiter? He stutters also.' I did not even notice."
Mom had no complaints about dinner, but when she was getting ready to round up her kids and walk out the door, something happened that touched her heart. One of the staff members at the restaurant handed her a handwritten note, and told her that it was from their waiter.
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At first, mom was a little bit confused. Was the waiter going to say something mean about her son that he couldn't say to her face? But then she melted on the inside after she read what it said:
"Sudden emotion came over me when I heard your son stutter. I myself stutter and developed it around his age. I know how hard it can be in the beginning."
Stuttering is a very rare phenomena that affects about 70 million people across the globe, which amounts to one percent of the population. This little boy probably felt like he was the only one in the world with this problem until he came across the friendly waiter. It was a chance encounter that was meant to be!
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Four times as many males are afflicted with stuttering as females, although most will recover by late childhood. This man still had a stutter, and he just wanted to reach out to the boy to let him know that it's not as emotionally traumatizing as some people might imagine it to be.
"I had a lot of questions that I didn't ask because I was too afraid. If you or him have any questions, I would be honored to help make this process easier. He proceeded to leave his name and phone number. Ian - please know I will be calling. You have shown my son that he is not alone. I am forever grateful for your kindness."
Famous people who have stuttered include Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, Carly Simon, and Emily Blunt. That's not such a bad crowd to hang around with on the playground. But, an even better crowd to hang around with are the likes of this kindhearted waiter!