Today I was exchanging something at Kohl’s, and while I was waiting in line, the lady at the checkout line had two kids, a newborn and a toddler who was rambunctious, to say the least. Before becoming a parent, I would have probably judged this mom for not having her kid under control but today I was trying to keep the child preoccupied so he would not run off. He wanted to show me his baby sister and I learned he is rough with her. I felt bad for the mom, not because her child wasn’t listening but because I would prefer to leave my kid at home when going to clothing stores and she was brave to go with two kids, I can’t imagine. Eventually, another register opened, and I went to the cashier. As I was walking the toddler turned away from me and darted off to the toy section. I could tell the mom was in a pinch, and I was about to turn around and help her wrangle her son when another customer stopped him and kept him entertained while the Mom finished her transaction. I can imagine it had to be a relief because I can’t imagine her running through the store with an infant in her hand. I took away two observations from this situation.
1.) I am in awe of any parent in general, but I’m in awe of anyone who attempts to go shopping with multiple kids. I’m sure if I had to do it, I would make it work, but it’s a struggle with one child at times, so I can;t imagine adding more.
2.) Today was a prime example of the phrase “It takes a village” maybe it’s not your village but at any moment, your village can temporarily inherit new people to the mix who are there to help. I have a crazy kid who has learned about the art of darting off in a store, and I would like to think someone would help me out. Today restored my faith in humanity.