The Short of It
You'll never guess the sad but sweet reason a stranger and his daughter followed a mom around Costco.
I can't imagine what I would think if a man and his daughter followed me around a grocery store while I was shopping with my children. I hate to say that I'd probably think the worst. But what happened to a mother-of-two is a great reminder that there's a lot of good in the world, and that a stranger can see things you don't.
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A post to the Facebook page, "Love What Matters" recounts the bittersweet story:
"I was walking through Costco this morning doing some regular shopping with my two daughters. As we were walking through the store...we were joking about how quickly we can shovel the snow if it snowed a lot this week. We talked about what I was going to make for dinner today and joked about how we pick the person who is going to have to do dishes. We played some 'I spy' as we walked through the isles...just random conversations as we typically do to make it fun while we shop.
After we paid for our stuff and made our way towards the exit this man who was standing there with his daughter stopped me and his daughter handed me an envelope. I asked what this was for and they said, 'It's a gift and we would like it if you accepted it. There is a note inside explaining why.'
His daughter asked if she could hug me and I said yes, so she did, and I felt such a warm hug. We said bye and went on our way. When I got into the car with my girls I opened this card up. It said, 'Just listening to you talk to your daughters reminded me of my mother who I lost 2 years ago. I made my dad follow you around for a little so I can hear you guys talk because I wanted to pretend that it was my mom talking to me.'"
The post goes on to say the mom was in tears and that the note reassured her she is a great mother even though she often questions herself.
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Sometimes we parents doubt ourselves; I know I do every single day! But this sweet account reminds me it really is the little things that make a difference, like talking to your kids while shopping. It's about making them feel important and connecting often, even if you're just discussing dinner plans, the weather, or what happened at school that day.
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This story definitely touched me. What about you?