Boy, 4, takes his recently divorced mum on a date

Staff at Pizza Express were reduced to tears as Max tried to pay for their meal with a jar full of saved pennies


As Valentine’s Day loomed, recently divorced Emma Schofield started to “secretly dread” the romantic day.


But she needn’t have worried – because her 4-year-old son Max had a plan.

He took her for a special meal at the Pizza Express in Torquay to help cheer his mum up. But when he tried to pay with his jar of saved-up pennies, the waiting staff just lost it. They cried and then Emma cried and we ALL cried.

Here’s how it went down…

“All of the shops make such a big thing about Valentine’s Day and I was secretly dreading it as I am recently divorced with a beautiful little 4-year-old boy,” Emma shared on Facebook.

“I have always brought my son up to be thoughtful, kind, caring and appreciate even the smallest gestures.

After a quick grocery shop, my son told me to close my eyes (which I kept partially open to see what he was up to) and he proceeded to choose me a Valentine’s card and a small teddy bear in a gift bag. My eyes welled up as we continued to shop.

Today he took me to Pizza Express (of course I was the designated chauffer) and wanted to treat me to a special meal. He also brought his jar of pennies with him. After a delicious 3-course meal, we went to pay.

“We were greeted with a waitress in tears who had watched our special ‘dinner date’. Looking at her eyes welling up, I also began to shed a tear. She gave us our meal free of charge as a gift from Pizza Express in Torquay as she was so touched by what my 4-year-old son had done.

“This extremely kind gesture left me crying with happiness and holding onto my son with pure joy!”

Aww. How lovely. And Max has been praised by everyone who’s read his story.

“What a lovely little lad, just goes to show the type of mum you are for him to be so thoughtful and caring,” one woman commented.

“Beautiful that’s true love, the love between mother and child, nothing else can even come close ?,” another added.

We couldn’t agree more.

Photo: Facebook / Spotted Newton Abbot

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