Mom Sandra De Jong Borchers was having a rough day at Home Depot. Her autistic son was having a major meltdown again. And people were watching.
"He was overstimulated today and began hitting himself in the head, screaming, punching me, and pulling on my shirt while crying," she wrote in an online post.
Sandra wrote that she is used to getting looks of judgments and uncomfortable smiles when this happens. Sadly, she's even used to hearing comments like, "This isn't a place for kids like him." So she was shocked to see one stranger watching his latest tantrum with a smile--a kind smile full of acceptance. She apologized to the woman, but she said an apology wasn't necessary.
Her son went to the bathroom to calm himself down. And when he returned, the mysterious lady gave him one dollar to spend on ice cream at McDonald's.
After the kind stranger walked away, Sandra began to sob.
She wrote, "My thick skin had been broken through by the sheer kindness and compassion of a complete stranger. You may not remember us but I for sure will remember you!"
She added, "You really never do know how the little things you do or say can change a person's day around."
And change around they did.