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This Mom Couldn’t Afford To Buy The Only Thing For Her In Her Cart, So A Stranger Steps In

  • By Asad Tipu
  • October 15, 2017
  • 4 minutes read

Being a mom is one of the most difficult things you can be.

But it’s also one of the most rewarding. The love you feel towards another human being, albeit a miniature one, and the love they feel towards you is irreplaceable. That isn’t something you can get anywhere. There is absolutely no way to reproduce that feeling, no matter how much money you have, or how successful your life is.

There’s just nothing like the intimate love between a mom and her child. But because it’s so valuable, there’s a lot that goes into it.

House budget management, for example. See, one mom, Erin Bennett, was going to buy herself a pumpkin spice candle and some makeup, before she realised she couldn’t. She had gone over her budget, so went to put her things back. After all, as a mom, she chose to put her children over herself. That’s when something incredible happened.

Bennett went to Facebook to write about the interaction.

She began:

“To the man in line behind me at the Gainesville Target, who saw that after hitting my grocery budget limit I decided to put back my Pumpkin Spice candle and the makeup I had picked out, You didn’t know that I always save my stuff for last and usually end up putting it back.

“You didn’t know that the two fussy kids I had with me, were only two out of four.”

The heartfelt post continued.

“You didn’t know that I have postpartum depression from the youngest babe and that I use scent as a way to boost my mood.

“You didn’t know that this week has been full of sick kids, parent teacher conferences, emergency dental visits and I was so looking forward to lighting that candle at nap time and just taking a minute to relax,

“Even without knowing that, you saw me. You saw me as a human, not just the mom in front of you that was distracted and going way too slow.”

She provided some context outside of the post as well.

In an interview with ScaryMommy, she recalled the events.

To the cashier, she said. “If I reach my budget at the end, I’m going to go ahead and put these back.”

And a man behind her intervened, “I’m going to get it.”

Bennett refused, but the good Samaritan insisted, “No, I’m going to get it.”

He just refused to take no for an answer.

To ScaryMommy, she wrote:

“People see the kids, they see your kids spilling something, the mess, and they don’t always see the mom. See her as a human. They see the chaos going on around them,

“He wasn’t sitting there being annoyed that I was going slow, or mad because he had to wait while I used a gift card, two coupons, and my credit card. He was just seeing me as a person, and it felt really nice. We’re in this together.”

About her Postpartum Depression, Bennett elaborated.

After all, they’re the reason why she was going to buy those pumpkin spice candles in the first place.

“I was diagnosed when my middle child was seven-months-old. I told my doctor I was running out of patience and I was anxious, they told me it was definitely postpartum depression,”

“When I’m with the kids we’ll count to four, raise our hands up, then count back down from four with our hands going down. If we don’t feel better, me or the kids, we do it again,”

It isn’t easy, but they’re making do.

“I make an effort to everyday, when my husband comes home, he takes over, and I take a shower. Oftentimes, I can’t leave the house and do something. So I take my time in the shower and have no noise stimulus for a while.

“Feeling unseen, whether by your spouse and your family, or rest of the world, is common. It’s important to know it’s not just you, whether everyone talks about it or not.”

She even had a message for other moms.

“Moms, you’re worth it, do something for yourself, even if it as little as getting a shower every day because it’s your alone time, or going out for a run, to remind yourself  that you are a person, that you’re not just so-and-so’s mom.”

And you can see her love and devotion in all of her actions.

It isn’t easy dealing with so many kids at once, but that smile tells me that it’s more than worth it.

You can check out the Facebook post here:

To the man in line behind me at the Gainesville Target, who saw that after hitting my grocery budget limit I decided to…

Geplaatst door Erin Bennett op Woensdag 11 oktober 2017

Source of all images:
Erin Bennett Facebook

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