I went out to buy a garbage can today.
Why? Well, first of all because I have no life, and secondly because I wanted to get a new one for my main floor powder room.
I found a bright shiny silver garbage can at a local bath store and as I was standing in line to pay for it I noticed the lady ahead of me was trying to keep an antsy toddler in the stroller and juggle a crying baby while she paid.
I stood very patiently in line behind her and then I over heard the cashier ask this woman if she had eleven cents so that she could be given her change back in bills instead of as a handful of coins.
This Mommy, who I assumed just wanted to get the heck out of there as now both her kids were screaming, told the cashier that she didn’t and that the handful of change was fine.
The cashier didn’t have enough coins in her drawer however and told the Mommy that she would have to wait until she got a new till.
The two little kids were now yelling at ear piercing decibels.
So, I reached over and offered the lady eleven cents. I had a pocketful of change, I was happy to help a fellow Mom.
Did the Mom with the screaming kids thank me? Nope. She turned, snarled and yelled at me that she didn’t need any hand outs.
The cashier on the other hand, grabbed my eleven cents and shoved the woman’s bills back at her. The Mommy growled something at us both, dumped her purchase (towels) on the head of her screaming toddler and marched out of the store.
The cashier shook her head, thanked me and then gave me a discount on my shiny garbage can that saved me about eight dollars.
I’m sitting here tonight thinking about that poor Mom though. I wonder what she’s been through that would make her react that way. Both she and the kids were well dressed and the stroller was an expensive one. It wasn’t like I thought she NEEDED the money, I was just trying to save her a little time and trouble. It was after all ONLY eleven cents.
Do you think that she’s forgotten that it’s okay to take a little help from a stranger now and then?
Or do you think she might have been upset because she needed the change for some reason?
Or do you think those kids have just sent her ‘right round the bend’?