Today I ventured out to do what Mom’s with littles dread – grocery shopping. I had been dreading it so much that I had been putting it off. I decide to go to a different Giant Store than the one I frequent. I am already feeling a little anxious hoping I can find items and praying they have an Organic Aisle/ Nature’s Promise aisle. Not all of the stores have them. There are quite a few items I need from these specific aisles that will put a smile on my girls faces. Luckily it had those aisles just not as many products as I am used to.
Here I am pushing the baby in her car seat that is attached to the stroller. At the same time I am pulling Samantha in a full sized grocery cart. I feel like I am a big train swerving through the aisles. I want to rush my grocery shopping. The quicker I go the less times we are in the bathroom, and perhaps I can get it done before Briella wakes up. Something inside me says do not rush just take your time. I get so many looks. Not bad looks rather sympathetic looks. Many shoppers move so that I can maneuver my train. I am so grateful to those that showed me kindness by just making it a little easier on me. They have no idea how there acts of kindness touched my heart.
As I stand in the checkout, I notice an elderly woman. She looks rushed and confused. She has a gallon of milk in her metal pull shopping cart along with a jacket, umbrella, and her purse. I offer her to go in front of me. Really is one person with one item going to make me late nope. She is very grateful and explains that she is afraid she was going to miss the bus. I want to thank her because seeing her so rushed hits me like a ton of bricks. God is telling you slow down , enjoy the roses, and take my time. Though I helped that stranger, I received so much more.
Here is where I really push my luck with the shopping, I decide to venture to Wegman’s next. Again, I am surrounded by the most courteous, amazing shoppers. They are making a path for me so I can get through easier. I see I am not the only Mom with littles. I see a Mom with two boys in a car cart and she is carrying a baby in a carrier. I wanted to go high five her. I wish I had just to say you are doing awesome Momma and I am with you. Another Mom is pushing two littles in a cart. I begin to relax and just enjoy the people I am surrounded by. I am cheerful and have a nice conversation with the cashier about her grandchildren. I make sure to tell her to have a blessed day. In the parking lot, a worker asks if I need help. I change and feed the baby in the car and home we go. On my drive home, I reflect on the pleasant faces I had seen and the amazing shopping experiences I had. Perhaps next time I am going grocery shopping I will be cheerful and have a smile on my face as I reflect on today. God is near me always and sends his helpers!