Dear Sweet Lady at the Grocery Store,
I was having a terrible day. I had one child home from school sick, and both twins acting their very craziest all morning. When you saw me, I was telling Will for the 35th time that if he didn’t stop yelling and grabbing things from the shelf that he would need a time out. The problem with that is there is no time out at the grocery store, so I just have to tell him over and over that he’ll be headed there when we get home. I didn’t want to haul a sick kid to the grocery store, but hey, we have to eat. I was almost on the verge of tears and trying to rush through the aisles as quickly as possible before we really started bothering people.
I saw you approaching and grimaced. I knew that if you told me to keep my kids under control or get a babysitter next time (yes, I’ve heard both of those things), that I would probably curl up in the fetal position in the middle of Stop and Shop and cry. But you didn’t. Instead, you laid your hand on my arm and said “You are doing a wonderful job”. Just as I was at my wit’s end, your kind words made me smile. I got a little teary eyed and simply said thank you and you went on your way.
So, thank you! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement just when I needed it most. A few simple words made this distressed mommy’s day so much better. I really, really needed that.