I was blessed with an uplifting note today, and it reminded me of this experience I had last week.
I love going to Meijer; I enjoy it a hundred times more when I know I will save money with the coupons I’ve clipped and the ones that I’ve printed on the internet, after being directed from other mommy blogs. The shopping trip was going to be exciting – I had 10 things on my list, 15 coupons in my hand, and 4 things I knew I was getting free after coupons! I’m crazy….I’ll admit that.
Baby girl is shopping with me, and before we discuss which YoBaby flavor she’d like, I pick up some Yoplait for my husband. So I try to squeeze in between the 3 women deciding between whips, slow churned, light, and whatever kind YoPlait now makes. There’s another lady a little bit more indecisive than me, and after apologizing a few times for getting in each other’s way, she remarks that she’s reading the labels of each because she wants to buy what’ll be good for her daughter. What a mom; that’s the mom I want to be, giving my daughter the best I can.
“How old is your daughter?” I ask.
“22,” she hesitates. “She doesn’t take good care of herself, and I’m trying to buy the best for her.”
“You’re a good mom.” I meant it. I think about what kinds of food to steam and mash up for my girl, and I’d like to think that I’m a good mom.
“Thanks.” But she doesn’t flash a bright smile. I think she didn’t expect me to say that. And I thought, what other unexpected encouraging words can I continue to speak…