Motherhood is no easy gig. Michigan mom Kristin Sherman came face-to-face with that reality this past New Year’s Eve when she found herself at the end of her rope in a supermarket parking lot. In a now-viral Facebook post, the mom of two explained that she had just finished a hectic shopping trip with her little boys when a chance encounter with a kind stranger changed the course of her evening.
“[I was] on the verge of tears after the milk I just placed in my car fell out and splattered all over the ground,” Sherman shared in the positivity-focused Facebook group Love What Matters on Sunday. “Prior to this I managed to pick up a few needed items and some snacks for our low key New Year’s party of four with two very tired boys. Made it through the store barely escaping a meltdown from the youngest.”
For Sherman, spilling her milk was the final straw of a long, overwhelming day. “[Spilled milk] doesn’t seem like a huge deal until you find yourself with two tired kids buckled in their seats, one crying, parked almost at the end of the parking lot because it’s NYE,” she wrote. As Sherman grappled with her frustration, a woman in a nearby parked car got out and approached the mom. According to Sherman’s post, the woman told Sherman she was so sorry about her spilled milk, and that as a grandmother, she knew how it felt. Then she offered to get back into the store and pick up another jug of milk for Sherman.
“I said ‘No, that’s ok,'” Sherman wrote. “‘I couldn’t possibly make this grandma do that for me. She insisted. I finally agreed because I knew the boys needed their milk tonight.” When the woman returned from the story, she was carrying a replacement jug of milk—and she’d also bought Sherman an additional gallon and a gift card to the supermarket. She refused to take any payment, no matter how much Sherman insisted.
“I thanked her, gave her a hug and got into the car,” Sherman recalled in the post. “She has no idea what her act of kindness did for me. I was feeling exhausted and defeated for the most part this week and this stranger’s random act of kindness made me cry like a baby.” The tale is a great reminder that even a seemingly minor act of goodwill can make a major difference in someone’s day. Sherman vowed to use the stranger’s actions as inspiration for a brighter, more loving 2017. Sherman expressed hope that her post will inspire others to pay it forward, and considering that it’s racked up more than 11,000 shares, it appears she’ll get her wish.
“Thank you to the parking lot grandma,” she shared. “In 2017 I hope we can all be a little more like her…Less hate, more love is my hope for 2017.” Cheers to that.
Read Sherman’s full post below.
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