Moms do not get enough credit. They have some of the hardest jobs in the world, and oftentimes they also have to work. Yet, though they might seem like superwomen, it can be easy to forget that they are only human and that they sometimes need a break, or a helping hand.
That is why it is doubly nice to see someone doing a kind thing, no matter how big or small, for these important people in our lives.
Erin Bennett had had a difficult week. All she wanted was to do was relax with a scented candle.
Yesterday, Erin Bennett was out shopping at the supermarket with two of her four children. The week had been full of mom work: emergency dental appointments, parent teacher conferences, and sick kids. On top of that, she was also suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her youngest child.
Still, there was one thing that Bennett was looking forward to: her weekly scented candle. She would often use scented candles to relax and improve her mood, especially after a difficult week.
But when she went to pay for her groceries, there was a problem—she didn’t have enough money for some of her items, specifically some makeup and the scented candle she had wanted so badly.
To make matters worse, as the line lengthened, she was taking a lot of time and her kids were starting to act up.
She did not have enough money for all her groceries—her scented candle would have to be put back.
We’ve seen these stories before, some nasty person says something to a struggling mom, and it makes headlines. But this time was different.
Cognizant of the people behind her and out of necessity, she tried to hurry the process along and asked the person behind the counter to put the makeup and her pumpkin spiced candle, the thing she had been looking forward to all week, back.
That was when a kind stranger stepped in to make her day, or, as Bennett wrote on Facebook, her week.
The man in the line behind her told the cashier that he was going to pay for the items Bennett could not afford. And he refused to take no for an answer.
When she asked why, the man told her she deserved it. At that point, Bennett was close to tears.
She was so moved by the man’s kindness that she wrote a heartfelt letter to him on her Facebook page.
Later, when she got back home, she posted the story onto Facebook and wrote the man a heartfelt thank you.
“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.
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. You heard me say that I’d like to put those items back and you said you were getting them. You didn’t take no for an answer. You told me I deserved it when I started to tear up.
You Sir, are the good in the world. You made my day, probably my week, and I WILL pay it forward. Thank you so much for your kind heart and words.”
While it was just a small act, it truly made a difference in Bennett’s life, and she hopes it will inspire others to do the same.