Dear Kind Strangers, On behalf of moms everywhere (just incase our words get lost in the shuffle of chaos that is children), THANK YOU.
Laura, a mom of two who resides in fabulous Las Vegas, told me a tale not unfamiliar to many moms: She braved the grocery store with a 2-year-old and a newborn in tow.
“As soon as we got started things began to unravel,” she said.
The newborn, strapped in his carrier, instantly woke up and began squirming and hollering. The 2-year-old made it as far as the produce section before his cries for “MELON! MELON!” began echoing through the store (followed by elephant tears).
“The store is packed, and of course, everyone’s looking at me,” said Laura.
She pressed forward, determined to get the items she needed to make dinner for her family, but her boys were relentless with their cries.
Laura threw in the towel and opted to abandon-cart.
She informed her son they were now leaving, which naturally added more fuel to his fire as he refused to get out of the cart.
After some awkward maneuvering with the infant - now crying - still attached to her front in the carrier, Laura managed to get her son out of the cart.
However, he then threw himself down onto the floor - in the middle of the store entrance - to continue his meltdown. Laura was having no luck getting her son to calm down or stand up.
“I just stood up and started laughing. I’d been completely calm this whole time, but now? I’d completely run out of options.”
And then, she was saved.
A woman - a kind stranger - approached her and said, “Someone needs some help.”
She helped Laura pick up her son and walk him to the car where she expertly fastened him into his car seat while Laura secured the baby in his seat.
Laura was fighting back tears.
“Two little boys did this same thing to someone 20-years-ago, and she cried all the way home,” the woman told her. “Don’t worry. This too, shall pass.”
And with that, she walked away leaving Laura in the parking lot to pull herself together.
“As I’m watching her go, I recognize there was no way we could have made it to the car without her.”
She then promptly called her husband to inform him take-out was on the dinner menu, and proceeded home with a thankful heart.
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