Every parent knows how frustrating and embarrassing it can be when your child throws a tantrum in a public place. Whether it’s a restaurant or a grocery store or anywhere else, it can be impossible to quiet a screaming toddler, and the judging eyes of onlookers can be near-unbearable.
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Ashley Holmes– Mom of two adorable little troublemakers– knows this to be true. She was recently shopping in an ALDI in Australia when her 3-year-old decided he’d had enough. She did her best to salvage the situation, but there was no stopping the tantrum.
While this situation may sound familiar to many moms out there, it’s what happened next– an unexpected act of kindness from an ALDI employee– that prompted Ashley to post the grateful Facebook status below.
Check it out.
Today, whilst doing my grocery shop at ALDI… my 3 year old son decided he would have a full blown meltdown. Totally lost his marbles! Screaming fit, tantrum.
I had my 6 year old son with me too & a full trolley of groceries so I couldn’t just do that ‘Drop & Run’ that, let’s face it, all us parents have done once or twice in our parenting years.
Many customers were whispering and glaring.
Well, today, I persevered, and thought surely, he would settle down in a minute.
Well, he didn’t.
I quickly made my way to the register, loaded the groceries and dashed to the car.
In complete exhaustion, embarrassment and utter disappointment, a lady in an Aldi uniform came walking towards me. I thought ‘argh, what now?’ BUT, she handed me a beautiful bunch of yellow roses from the store, and said “We thought you deserved these, I hope your day gets better, and please don’t be embarrassed, we understand” and gave me a hug!
That gesture honestly brought me to tears. That was so beautiful. I wanted to just show my honest appreciation for that gesture.
For the total NON judgement.
For the support, and not whispering about my total lack of control over my child.
So, THANK YOU!!!!!
Since Ashley posted her story, it’s gained traction on Facebook, and eventually users connected Ashley with the employee who had showed her kindness that day: Shannon Maybury.
Ashley connected with Shannon on social media and thanked her directly. Shannon said she was just happy to make her smile.
It just goes to show, a simple act of kindness can go a long way!
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