There’s nothing glamorous about a trip to the grocery store. And when you have four kids in tow, the whole ordeal is almost more about survival than shopping. Jess Wolfe knows the feeling. But a gesture from a stranger has her cherishing a recent trip to her local Aldi.
“Sweaty baby strapped to my back, 3-year-old insisting that her belly hurts and NEEDS her donut that she forgot to eat after lunch, 6-year-old using everything in sight as a weapon, 7-year-old wanting to spend the only dollar he has. This. This was my trip to the grocery today,” Wolfe wrote on Facebook last week.
In the midst of “trying to quietly keep from losing [her] ever-loving sh*t,” Wolfe was asked a question by a fellow customer: did she have a camera phone?
“Trying not to convey my annoyance to someone else adding to the million questions that make up my day, I replied that, yes I do have one of those fancy phones,” Wolfe says.
That’s when, to the mom’s surprise, the stranger asked to take a photo of the family.
“She told me that she wishes she had photos of herself doing everyday things with her kids,” Wolfe says. “She validated the fact that a simple grocery trip is hard. She told me that what I do matters. She doesn't miss what made the days hard, but she misses what made them sweet. I will always cherish this picture and the message that came with it.”
The bottom line? With the right perspective, even those parenting moments that make you want to pull your hair out can be viewed as precious. And you don’t need a professional photographer to capture them—just a phone. Nearly 23,000 shares later, it’s a message moms are eager to spread.