Alrighty. Day 2! Today we decided to spread the kindness to a complete stranger. This one is tough because people really think you are crazy if you go over and above. (Which is sad really.) I wasn’t sure what I was going to do so I went to South Coast Plaza.
Why not, ya know?
So my mom, my niece Kaylee, Ewan, and I all went to the mall together. After a little lunching and shopping around we had to make a bathroom pit stop. I went in the bathroom first while my mom stayed out with the kids. When I went into the bathroom, there was a baby screaming at the top of his lungs and a woman frantically trying to clean up and get out. At first, I didn’t think anything of it. And seriously my first thought was “Oh thank GOD that’s not my child today.” Then when I thought about it for a second, I was like maybe she needs help but before I could ask she left the bathroom.
When I got out of the bathroom, I saw that the lady and baby were still there. It did look like she was struggling. I decided this could be my act of kindness. I’ll ask her if she needs anything… she’ll give me her screaming baby… he’ll stop crying… and we’ll become best friends. Ha! Ok. Maybe not that far…
So very gently (I wanted to make sure she knew I wasn’t patronizing her) I said, “Hi. Babies, huh?” Hahahaha! And I pointed to my niece and Ewan. She kind of gave like a sigh-like sound. Then I asked if she needed anything. She said no but she did go on about how hard it was for her. She has a 2 1/2 year old girl and now the 4 month old baby. All she kept saying was I just want him to grow a little more. So what I did was listen. I didn’t judge her. I just tried to be as reassuring as I could.
I hope by asking if she needed anything and listening to her hard times, she felt slightly better.
So here’s to the moms out there with the screaming children. We’ve all been there!