I can’t believe I am saying this but I had a repeat…a repeat of yesterday!!!! If you haven’t seen the video about yesterday, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrKCJ3KbP3I. This time, I pick up my friend and we head to the good old grocery store. I park and start getting the kids out only to realize that I forgot their shoes in the other car. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? AGAIN!? 2 DAYS IN A ROW!!!! Now let me tell you about how on top of it I was, I put a pair of shoes for every child in the car, BUT, big BUT, last second switched cars with my husband…that had the shoes in it. I realize at some point this is going to start looking bad.
My friend in all her sweetness begins to crack jokes and snaps photos of my children in the cart, because YES, Yes, I still chose to go into the store. It takes so much effort to get out of the house, that once you’re out, you really aren’t up for trying all over again. So, there we go with 3 kids in the cart and begin shopping. Sadly, they don’t have what I am looking for and we begin to walk out. THANK YOU, JESUS, that my friend decided to go look at cheese because I almost walked out of the store with a HUGE bottle of Vodka!! It wasn’t mine or for me, but that is the last thing I needed. A mom who can’t even get her kids completely dressed, shoplifting liquor!! Well, of course I begin picking up items as we walk through the cheese aisle and then head to checkout.
Can you spot the bottle of liquor…again not mineAll is well, right?!? They ring up all my stuff and I begin looking for my wallet. Why can’t I find my wallet?? Well, it is because I took it out of the bag I left it in yesterday and then threw it in my backpack and NEVER put it back in my bag! Now the cashier is looking at me and I’m looking at her like, “Can I work the $20 bucks off?!?” Luckily, my friend covers me and we go on our merry way.
Now here is the moral of my story. In the parking lot we see a Mom with her 4 kids, who clearly looks locked out of her car. I go over to talk to her to see if I can help. Not sure what I was going to do with no wallet or phone, etc, but I still went over. I walk up to her and she is crying, CRYING! Her kids had locked the keys in the car, she was frustrated that they wouldn’t listen or stop bickering with each other. She said she always has so many things going through her mind at all times. GIIIIIRRRRRLLLLLL, I get it!!!!! Do I think it is coincidence I had just gone through that experience? NOOOO!!!! Because, we all have our days. And we NEED to give ourselves grace, but even more we need to give other mother’s GRACE!!
This is not an easy job and it is not for the faint of heart. We are growing future warriors! That is a lot to live up to. I gave that Mama a huge HUG! And let her know she is doing great. Sometimes you just need to know you are not alone. She got a great chuckle out of my story that just happened and we were able to relate and just be real. There is enough negativity that we as mom’s need to uplift and support. I do not care if you feed your kids only fruit and veggies or if you are tired at night and they have an occasional Brinner (breakfast for dinner). At the end of the day, those things don’t matter. No need to “Mom Shame” over frivolous things. In a world of women empowerment, lets start with being kind to Mom’s.