Kind Waitress Surprises Boy With Autism

One Philadelphia-area mom is thankful for the kindness of a waitress toward her autistic son.

Kathleen Tarzwell and her son, 7-year-old Braeden, went out to brunch earlier this month at Bittersweet Kitchen in Media, Delaware County, Pa. Braeden brought his best friend, a plush platypus named Perry.

Braeden ordered chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for himself, and for Perry. His mom says although Braeden usually has unique responses to people, he has never ordered for Perry before. 

“I’m always entertained by Braeden’s interactions with people,” Kathleen said. “He always has these responses that seem kind of premeditated, but it’s just his way of interacting with people.”

To his mom’s surprise, the waitress serving the family brought a plate out for Perry.

“Braeden was very happy,” Kathleen said.

Kathleen keeps a “short list” of restaurants where she knows Braeden will be comfortable. Bittersweet Kitchen was a relatively new addition to the list, and now might be on the top of the list. 

“Even the smallest acts of kindness don’t go unnoticed,” she said. “He will always remember this.”

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