By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

He Left A Massive Tip For Waitress, The Reason Why Sent Shivers Down My Spine…

Going through a traumatic event as a child is something that sticks with you your entire life. It might seem that divorce is commonplace these days, but the way that children carry the baggage of their parents' breakup with them can have long-lasting effects on their own relationships, and how they perceive the world.

When Sean Whalen was a kid, he went through something awful. After months of fighting, his father kicked his mother and his entire family out of the house -- and that was only the beginning of his family's hardship. With few resources and mouths to feed, it was Sean's mom who had to pick up the pieces -- and she did exactly that, and then some.

Influenced by her resilience, Sean has carried the lessons his mom taught him into his own experience as a parent. In fact, it's what inspired him to do something for a working waitress he encountered at a restaurant. When he saw her, memories of his mom and her challenges came flooding back to him, and what he did next is a direct result of that. See Sean's story, told in his own words, below.

Sean Whalen remembers all too well the most traumatic event of his childhood.

"The day my parents split up is forever etched in my mind. Me and dad get into a big fight. Me, mom and my little brother take off cause my dad is going nuts."

Going through this experience was incredibly hard on their entire family.

"We stayed at a hotel that night. When we came back the next day my dad had changed the locks. I watched my mom plead with him through the door to let us in to get clothes. He wouldn't. We had to go back later that day with a police escort. I'll never forget the cops handing me a black trash bag saying I had 10 minutes to take the necessities."

But the divorce was particularly difficult on his mom.

"I only began to realize what mom went through working multiple jobs when I became a single parent."

Sean remembers how hard his mom worked to support them.

"She hustled. She worked her ass off to just get by. She did everything she could so that my brother and I had everything we ever wanted. But she worked man. Hard. I still to this day don't know how she did it. I have no idea how she didn't throw in the towel at times. I would have."

And he admired her relentless efforts to keep them clothed and fed.

"I've questioned many things, but this single mom with two boys never gave up."

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