My heart sank when I reach the supermarket line-up and realize that I left my purse in the car (I hoped it was in the car). I pass around the line-up and head for the customer service counter to pull my kids out of the cart and let a staff member know the situation. A kind customer service lady pushs my cart off to the side and tells me not to worry.
My two-year-old wants me to hold her. So I hold her while grasping my purse and four-year-old as we trudge through the parking lot in the snow. I berate myself for being so distracted. At this very moment my sister is going through surgery. My best friend, outside of my husband, is going through a major surgery and I can’t be there until later. She has survived cancer before and if this is it again, I know we will get through it.
We reach my car as I click the auto un-lock button, I open the passenger door. Relief washes over me like a calm seaside. It is there. I zip it open to reveal that it is all there. My heart beats again. We turn around to go back into the store. I reach our cart and pack them back in. I can’t get around because of the crowds that have since arrives getting last minute Christmas groceries. All I want to do is cry.
And then a warm staff member appears and pulls my cart around to a lane she opened to help me. The lady that helped us before is there to help unload our cart so I could hold my sleepy two-year-old.
I cannot thank them enough. In a day of dark and gloom, their above and beyond kindness made me smile for the first time in a long time. They pack up my cart and get a bagger to help me out to my car.
I place the kids snug in their car seats. I sit and belt myself. I pause at the ignition, stunned. Without looking, kindness found me. Happy tears fill my eyes as I start the car and pull onward to home. Those two lovely ladies made my morning a little brighter. Plus I found out they are moms. Moms helping other moms. A delightful Christmas gift.
PS. I did let their boss know.
There may be grammar errors on this post. I just needed to get this out.