Friday, May 27, 2016

Food For Thought Friday: Making a Difference

Normally on Fridays we do recipes or share foodie ideas but today I'm doing something a bit different because I was impacted in a huge way yesterday and wanted to share.

My husband and I were in the grocery store yesterday. We don't have much to spend right now so we were carefully picking out what we needed until we had some extra cash. As we were unloading our cart, the woman in front of us seemed very distressed and broke down. At first, we thought that she may not have had enough money to pay for her groceries but when I noticed she had five kids with her (all under Jaimie's age), I had that 'Mom Feeling' that it was something more than that.

I wanted to go to her right away but I know how it feels when people approach you to help. Some of us get very defensive. I am one of those people.

"I can take care of it myself. I don't need help." 

You know what I mean...

So I waited a few minutes before going up and offering my help. She was an evacuee from the Fort McMurray fires and was frazzeled about her kids running around, one making a huge issue about wanting cake icing that mom couldn't afford and the other four were wandering all over. It was a Mommy Breakdown.

I've been there.

There's nothing worse than being on your own, trying to keep it together when you don't have someone there to help. I have four kids. I've had to go to the grocery store with two SPD/Autistic kids, a toddler and one strapped to my chest while trying to maintain

So, I took the chance and went up to her. The kids seemed responsive to me (except the one having a tantrum about not getting icing. lol), and she did too. I helped her load her groceries onto her stroller, as she lived close enough to walk home, and another wonderful woman helped too. Afterwards, not only did the woman who helped out offer money to this woman but my husband and I helped her out too.

We don't have much, but if there is someone else who needs more, that's what you do. I told the woman that I understand what it's like to lose everything but still have to have the strength to move on. I applauded her strength and gave her a hug.

This really hit home for me in so many ways.

Please...reach out to someone in need once in a while. Even if all you do is smile at some stranger, sometimes that's all it takes to make their day.


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