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A stranger came up to a woman in Windsor, Canada while she was shopping with her children and gave her a very touching note that made her day. She posted the surprising story on a website called Spotted In Windsor.

“I was walking through Wal-Mart this morning doing some regular shopping with my two daughters. As we were walking through the store…we were joking about how quickly we can shovel the snow if it snowed a lot this week. We talked about what I was going to make for dinner today and joked about how we pick the person who is going to have to do dishes. We played some ‘I spy’ as we walked through the isles…just random conversations as we typically do to make it fun while we shop.”

”After we paid for our stuff and made our way towards the exit this man who was standing there with his daughter stopped me and his daughter handed me an envelope. I asked what this was for and they said, ‘It’s a gift and we would like it if you accepted it. There is a note inside explaining why.'”

“His daughter asked if she could hug me and I said yes, so she did, and I felt such a warm hug. We said bye and went on our way. When I got into the car with my girls I opened this card up. It said, ‘Just listening to you talk to your daughters reminded me of my mother who I lost 2 years ago. I made my dad follow you around for a little so I can hear you guys talk because I wanted to pretend that it was my mom talking to me.”

The mother was in tears while posting the story and said, “You just assured me that I am a great mother even though sometimes every parent questions themselves.”

(READ the rest of her post at Spotted In Canada)

Photo Credit: Amber Strocel (From our image file, via CC license) / Story tip from Sandhan Sandhan


  1. All of us probably know a woman who questions the job she’s doing to raise her kids right–I have one very special Mom in mind. In the past I’ve always told her she is doing a great job especially since her daughter was diagnosed at age 16 with cancer. Her daughter has been in remission for over 5 years and is doing great! Her Mom helped save her life and they are closer now than they ever have been. To all of the Moms out there who question themselves about the quality of their parenting skills, just look into your child’s eyes and they will let you know how you’re doing. I would wager that nearly all of the kids will have smiling eyes full of love and gratitude.

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