Sometimes a story pops up that just makes you feel good about humanity. The latest example: An Australian mom who spent several days in the hospital with her 9-week-old baby boy found the unpleasant surprise of a parking ticket on her car after she was discharged. But what she discovered next made her day—and it might make yours, too. Inside the envelope was a note that read, "Hi There, I saw your car had a parking ticket on it, I'm sure whatever you are going through at hospital is tough enough so I have paid for you...Hope things get better!!"
The mom posted the note on the Facebook page Canberra Mums, along with a message of thanks to hte woman, named Laura, who paid the ticket. "I hope that Laura sees this and knows how much I appreciate her support. Thank you so much," she wrote.
Not surprisingly, this feel-good story is getting around: The post, dated August 9th, has nearly 90,000 "likes" and more than 12,000 shares to date. And among the more than 3,000 comments were words of praise for Laura, support for the mom who posted the note (and her baby), and, regrettably, stories of many other people who received parking tickets while they were in or visiting the hospital. It'd be lovely if there were a Good Samaritan performing a random act of kindness for all of them—but at least there was for one new mom who surely needed a bit of good to come her way.
So to Laura—whoever (and wherever) you are—one more mom says thank you!Don't forget to sign up to receive our free Parents Daily Baby newsletter!
Erika Janes is the digital director of Parents.com and the mom of two boys.