I was out shopping the other day, getting a last-minute birthday gift for one of my kids. He is usually always with me so it is tough to shop for him. Moms, you know what I'm talking about. I wasn't expecting that trip to be anything special for me but it turned out to be a shopping trip I will never forget...all because of 5 little words.
To the cashier that made me cry in Rochester, Minnesota...
I am a mom who seems to be wearing about 1,000 hats on her head right now. I know that a lot of moms are feeling that load too. That mom guilt that you hear about, or maybe even have felt, it was at an all-time high for me that day.
I had 15 minutes to grab that gift, so I ran into Christos Bookcenter in Rochester, Minnesota. I chatted with the person working there for a bit, let her know what I was looking for and what my kiddo would enjoy, which is baseball. He absolutely loves baseball! He's had a tough couple of years and some struggles recently with people not being very nice to him at school. So, I was thinking, a book that talks about the struggles famous baseball players have had and how they overcame those would be perfect.
I'm not sure if the person working at the store could see how tired my eyes were or the frustration on my face from some experiences that day, but I am sure I was a mess. But I didn't really realize all the emotions I was feeling until she said these five words,
"You are a good mom."
I walked out with my bag in my hand and those words that were said to me played over and over in my head. "You are a good mom" For some reason, those were hard to hear at that moment because I really wasn't feeling like I was. I've got a pile of #momfails and at that second, the fails seemed to be my focus.
Kids threw a fit in the Target aisle. - Meal for supper burned. - Late to dropping the kid off again. - Drive-thru is once again the gourmet meal for the night because grocery shopping isn't done. - Kiddo is struggling with reading/math/science class and I have no idea how to help them. - Bullying is a real thing and is happening to your kid.
I'm not even sure if I was in my car before I started crying, but the tears just started pouring out of my tired eyes.
You are a good mom.
Whatever you are going through today, challenges or #momfails that you might think you have, please know that you are a good mom too. I may not be able to say this to you in person but hopefully, these words will reach you at just the right moment, like they did for me.
👉Oh...and if you know another mom out there...send this to them too. More moms need to know that they "are a good mom" too.
And to Erika at Christos...thank you.
Being a mom is a hard job! Let's give some of our mom friends some well-deserved recognition.
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