From a very young age, we’re taught to be wary of strangers. It’s generally a good rule, and better to be safe than sorry — especially when you’re a kid.
But every once in a while, a stranger is just a friend we haven’t met yet, and their warmth and kindness can blow us away.
One mother and son duo from Hockley, Essex, recently had a heartwarming experience with a total stranger during a time that could have elicited judgment.
Natalie Fernando and her 5-year-old son Rudy, who has autism, were out for a stroll along the sea when Rudy grew upset. At times, his meltdowns could become “very aggressive,” according to what Fernando posted online, and he enjoyed taking walks but did not enjoy turning around and walking back.
She’d already passed a few people who were less