Man Pens Tribute To Mom After Life-Changing Experience in Chinese Restaurant

A dad’s story of taking his son to a Chinese restaurant has gone viral overnight. The story began when then the father in question, Sean Whalen, signaled to the serving staff and told them that he was ready to order.

When the waitress approached his table, Mr. Whalen began to feel that there was something strangely familiar about the waitress’ mannerisms. What happens next will take your breath away.

To understand the rest of the story, we need to know a little bit more about Sean Whalen. As a child, Sean lived in a broken household, constantly listening to his parents fighting and abusing each other. After one of the most intense verbal fights between his parents, Sean’s mother took him and his little brother out to get some air.

When the trio arrived home, Sean’s father had replaced the locks on the door and refused to allow his family to enter the house. Following this traumatic incident, Sean, his mother, and his little brother had to fend for themselves.

Now, years after this experience, Sean has also been forced into the life of a single parent. These past few months have shown Sean how difficult it can be to raise a child alone. In a brief interview with Little Things, Sean expressed his gratitude and love for his mother, saying: “maybe now I know just a little of how much she sacrificed to raise my brother and I.”

Now, back to the original story in the Chinese restaurant. As Mr. Whalen ordered his meal, he began talking with the friendly waitress. As the pair chatted, Mr. Whalen learned that the waitress was also a single mother. Over the course of the night, Mr. Whalen and the waitress continued to talk about their respective families and jobs.

As enjoyable as his dinner was, Mr. Whalen couldn’t shake the feeling that the waitress was familiar. At the end of the night, Mr. Whalen realized that her selflessness and kind-heartedness reminded him of his mother.

When Mr. Whalen received the bill for the night, he decided to tip the unnamed waitress $100 as a way of saying thank you to both the waitress and his mother.

The single father later wrote a lengthy and emotional post on Facebook about the life-changing experience with his son. This is what Sean Whalen wrote about his time at the Chinese restaurant:

“Tonight as my son and I sat at this little crappy Chinese joint we love, there was a new waitress. She stuck out like a sore thumb.
The owners are Chinese.
The workers are Chinese.
And this little white waitress.
She was absolutely fantastic and kept complimenting my son on his manners. We ate our dinner.
Over small talk and water refills, I got the sense that this single mom didn't want to be there, but had to be there and she was doing her best to smile. It tore my heart out.
I thought of my mom, and I saw the same hustle in this woman that I saw in my mom. A single mom.
Maybe by choice.
Maybe not.
But working on a Wednesday night to ensure she can put food on the table and shoes on the kids feet.
Not for opulence.
Not for status.
But to live.
To hopefully be able to provide the things for her kids that will put a smile on their face. I empathized for her.
I felt her pain.
I kept thinking of my mom and how difficult it is for a single woman to go from home maker, to bread winner.
I can't even begin to understand what that must be like for some moms.
I know my tip won't pay her rent.
I know my tip won't pay for kids braces.
I know my tip won't keep the fridge full.
But I hoped tonight in some way it might put a smile on her face, and she can go home to her babies happier than when she left them.
I don't know her whole story.
I don't need to.
I felt tonight that maybe along the way someone did this for my mom, and that's what kept her going on nights she wanted to quit.
I don't know.
I'll likely never know.
But I do know this.
I have been blessed beyond measure, and my mother paved the way for my persistence.
She showed me how to bounce back.
She showed me what work and effort is.
I hope this small gesture with my son tonight brightens this woman's life so she can wake up tomorrow and fight a good fight.
Single moms who grind.... RESPECT.
You are beautiful and your posterity will learn from your efforts.
They are watching you.
Just as I watched my mom.
Mom I love you.
You are my hero."

Source: Little Things
Photo: Little Things, Sean Whalen/Facebook via Little Things

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