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Mom Shares Kind Note From Stranger After Son's Meltdown

After Washington mom Lauren Copp Nordberg took her son outside of a diner because he was having a meltdown, she came back to find something completely unexpected.

Nordberg had taken her 6-year-old son Elliot to a restaurant close to their home on Bainbridge Island, Wash., earlier this week to celebrate his successful trip to the dentist. However, Elliot, who has Asperger's syndrome, became agitated by the restaurant crowd and started having a meltdown.

But it was a comforting note from a stranger that Nordberg found on her table when they returned that inspired her to share her experience on Facebook.

"No one wants to see their child have a meltdown, especially in public," Nordberg told ABC News.

"It's not a tantrum," she continued. "It's not going to go away ... he's yelling, he's screaming, he's really upset [and] people start giving us looks."

That's when Norberg took her son outside to help calm him down.

But when she returned, the diner's owner told her that a stranger had paid her tab. Not only that, but the anonymous woman also left a note on Nordberg's table that read: "Have a great day! You are doing a wonderful job! God bless, [f]rom a mother who knows."

Nordberg then shared the kind note on Facebook, writing, "There is good in the world and this mama is thankful for the kindness of strangers."

"From the absolute bottom of my heart, I would thank her because someone who's used to getting stares, snarky looks and snarky comments, whether or not they know I can hear them or not, I fully expect that behavior," Nordberg told the news site. "I do not expect someone to buy my lunch. That's why I wanted to post because all too often, we don't get understanding and we don't get shown compassion."

Image via ABC News/Lauren Copp Nordberg

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