If you’re a mom and have experienced taking any one of your small children as a baby to any store, only to have them break down crying or screaming, during your trip, I’m sure you can totally relate to this story. It’s not easy shopping with a little one in tow. It’s even harder shopping while the little one is having a meltdown.
If you have shopped with an infant, you know your arms or the shopping cart is often full even before you start your shopping. You often have the diaper bag, baby bottles, snacks, toys and baby and a car carrier all with you or in the cart. At the same time, you’re trying to shop for all the groceries on your list and still be home in plenty of time to make dinner. Needless to say, the shopping trip can be stressful enough even without the little one. But what happens if your child baby won’t stop crying and you’re about to be confronted by a store clerk? Do you abandon your cart and head home?
Lauren Walker was having one of those difficult trips to the store with her son, Alistair Findlay. Walker was shopping with Alistair and her mother at a Scotland supermarket.
Sometimes, even having two adults ready to hold, rock, and soothe an upset baby is still not enough when they are restless. Though Alistair was fussy with his mom and grandma, a complete stranger was able to cheer him up.
Mubarak Ahmad, an employee at the store, noticed how Walker was trying to balance shopping while caring for her baby. He began cheerfully talking to Alistair.
The attention he was giving the restless baby helped Walker and her mother to focus on finishing their shopping trip. Ahmad eventually had to attend to other duties besides cheering up this cute little customer.
Alistair grew upset again, and Walker felt ready to abandon their cart and leave the store. I think every parent has debated whether leaving a store mid-trip would be worth it!
Alistair’s face brightened up when he saw Ahmad behind the checkout counter. Ahmad and Alistair picked up their friendly conversation, but then Ahmad came up with an even better plan to keep the baby happy.
He offered to hold the baby as he scanned their items. Alistair loved “learning” about the job of cashiering in Ahmad’s arms.
Walker wrote, “He smiled and squealed the full way through it because he was having so much fun! This man made my shopping experience so much easier and the fact he took time with my son as well was great.”
Sometimes, it’s good for a little one to see things from a little bit different perspective. This little one obviously wanted a little hand’s on learning in the process. Maybe it was the clerk’s tone of voice, calmness, or just his smile that put this little guy at ease. Whatever the answer, this mother is thankful, that this clerk turned a stressful moment into a calming event for her and her baby in tow.
Sometimes it’s the little things in life we do, that mean the most to others….especially when those others… are little ones.
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