‘You’re a credit to your generation’

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‘You’re a credit to your generation’: Stranger’s heart-warming note and £5 gift for young mother, 23, on a train for teaching her son good manners

Keeping a toddler quiet on a packed train is no easy task – especially since such struggles can be met with disapproving tuts from impatient fellow passengers.

So single mother Samantha Welch was moved to tears when a generous stranger – impressed by her parenting of her three-year-old son Rylan – gave her £5 with a letter praising her as a ‘credit to her generation’.

The note said: ‘Have a drink on me. You are a credit to your generation, polite and teaching the little boy good manners.’

He signed off simply as ‘man on the train at table with glasses and hat. Have a lovely evening.’

The note went on: ‘PS I have a daughter your age… Hope when she has children she is as good a mother as you!’

Miss Welch, 23, had kept Rylan occupied by playing games and listening to music. He later fell asleep and when the train became busier she moved him on to her lap to free up a seat.

She said yesterday that she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the man’s gesture and has launched an appeal on Facebook to track him down so she can thank him in person.

   

She explained: ‘As he walked by he tapped me on the shoulder and said, “I think you’ve dropped this out of your bag,” handed me the note and got off.

‘I honestly couldn’t believe it when I read it. I read it about ten or twenty times, over and over trying to take it in.

She added: ‘He shows there are still good people out there and I want him to know I am truly grateful. We definitely do need more people like him – the world would be a great place.’

Miss Welch and Rylan were on a gruelling five and a half hour journey, which included changing trains – enough to test even the most placid child’s patience. She said: ‘He was good and there was no crying. It was quite exhausting for him but then he fell asleep with his head on my knee. The train was quite busy. A couple of people got on and were standing up and I offered to put him on my knee so they could have a seat.’

She had not really noticed the man until he gave her the note as he got off the train in Bristol, about an hour and half after she and Rylan had boarded in Birmingham. Miss Welch went on: ‘People look at you and judge you every day when you’re a single mum but getting that note made me feel special and proud. That might sound silly, but all I’m trying to do is make a better life for my son.

‘It really shocked me that there was money with the note, especially as money is tight for a lot of people these days.’ She has put the cash into her son’s savings account.

Miss Welch recently moved to Plymouth from Crewe, Cheshire, where she worked as an IT technician. She is currently looking for a similar job. She and Rylan had visited her sister in Crewe and changed trains in Birmingham on the way home.

source: dailymail.co.uk

Complete the expressions with the help of the text.

1. to teach

a) on to her lap

2. to tap her

b) out of your bag

3. disapproving tuts

c) for my son

4. to move the little boy

d) good manners

5. to drop something

e) tight

6. to make a better life

f) on the shoulder

7. money is

g) trains on the way home

8. to change

h) from fellow passengers

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key:

1-d, 2-f, 3-h, 4-a, 5-b, 6-c, 7-e, 8-g

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Vocabulary

to teach good manners

illemre tanítani

toddler

totyogós

disapproving tuts

helytelenítő ciccegés

to praise

dicsérni

a credit to her generation

generációjának becsületére válik

to sign off

aláírni

lap

öl

overwhelmed

megrendült

to track someone down

felkutatni valakit

to tap

megkocogtatni

to drop

elejteni

grateful

hálás

grueling

fárasztó

placid

béketűrő, szelíd

to board a train

vonatrafelszállni

money is tight

kevés a pénz

savings account

megtakarítási számla

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