Stranger Lies Down On The Floor To Help The Struggling Mother.

Story by Natalie Fernando

This man, a total stranger saved me today from either a meltdown lasting up to an hour or more or the alternative which is usually a bit of a beating from my boy who totally loses himself when he has a meltdown and can become very aggressive.

This man, a total stranger took time out of his day to just chat and ask if I was ok. This man, a total stranger was my hero this morning and after laying with Roo then walked Rudy and I all the way back to our car. I wish there were more of this man around and I am beyond thankful.

Only minutes before Rudy and I were being tutted at, stared at, and frowned at by a woman and a man with a 2 year old in a pram trying to sleep despite me apologising for my sons loud noises, hence the walk along the sea front so I can let him express himself outdoors, short from gagging him I’m not sure of an alternative.

My son loves to walk, but he hates to turn around and walk back, we usually try to walk in a circuit to avoid this but on his favourite walk with the boats we have no choice but to turn back, this will often lead to a meltdown, one which I can normally handle but on the back of 2 weeks out of school today was too much for him and me.

This man, my hero this morning saw my son on the floor and like any other person would assume that he was having a tantrum, he asked my little Roo what his name was and when I explained he didn’t really understand and that he is autistic and has a host of other challenges making this part of the walk difficult he said, that’s cool I’ll lay down with him.

He then proceeded to chat with us whilst walking back to the car. I am so thankful to this chap Ian, I will not forget his kindness.

It’s said a lot at the moment, “in a world where you can be anything be kind” words are easy, these actions are not always so easy. This man is living the words and I couldn’t be more grateful.

If you see a parent struggling, maybe take the time to say, “are you ok” don’t judge the parenting, try not to judge the child, just be kind. We’re all walking our own path and navigating the journey the best we can, sometimes it takes a moment of kindness from a complete stranger to completely change your day.

Thanks Ian from Southend Sea Front, you truly are a kind man…❤️

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