Why You Should Never Trust Your Toddler

A few weeks ago, I had one of those days.

I got up at 5:15 am to go for a run at the gym.

I raced around getting my daughter and myself organized for our weekly outdoor sports class.

I endured 1.5 hours of running around with a bunch of 2-year-olds who refuse to follow directions.

I raced home to make lunch.

I sang Mr. Sandman and put my daughter in her crib.

I poured myself a cup of tea.

I sat down at my computer.

And my daughter spent the next 45 minutes making it VERY clear she wasn't going to nap.

Now, one thing you must know about my daughter is that she is content to lie in her crib and chat to herself on the days she decides not to nap, but, for some reason, the sound of a toddler not napping gets under my skin.

Am I alone with this?

So I sent one of those "woe is me" emails to one of my mommy friends, and then I gave myself a good kick in the ass, packed some snacks, grabbed my keys, and drove my daughter and myself to Toys R Us to look for some swim diapers.

By the time we pulled into the parking lot, the sky was looking a little grey.

Me: Do you think it's going to rain?


Me: Should I take the umbrella?


Me: Are you sure?


Me: Okay, I'll leave it. But we have to be REALLY fast, okay?


Why I trusted her is beyond me.

I mean, she knows I'm physically unable to make it out of a store in less than an hour.

I can't help it.

I love to shop.

And that day was no different.

By the time we'd paid for our stuff and made our way to the exit, it was POURING with rain, and everyone (myself included) had no idea what to do.

So we all stood in the doorway like morons.

Which way did he go, George? Which way did he go?

When I noticed things were starting to calm down, I decided to move back to the entrance as my car was slightly closer to that door, but once we got there, the rain had picked up, and I was left standing around like an idiot again.

But then I saw a woman with a HUGE umbrella walking towards me.

It was the woman I was standing next to when I first discovered it was raining.

It turns out the folks at Toys R Us had given her the umbrella from an outdoor patio set to keep her and her daughter dry while they navigated their way to their car, and once she had her daughter safely buckled in, she went to the trouble of finding me so she could pass the torch (so to speak).

The only problem was, the umbrella weighed about 50 lbs and was so top-heavy that I was physically unable to hold it while simultaneously pushing my daughter in her stroller, so I had to politely thank the woman and explain that I couldn't use it.

And do you know what she did?

She walked with me all the way to my car and held that umbrella over me while I transferred my daughter from her stroller to her car seat, put the stroller in the trunk, and fumbled to get into the drivers seat.

After we'd said our goodbyes and I'd watched her walk all the way back to Toys R Us, hand the umbrella to someone else, and then run through the rain to her own car, I was overcome with gratitude.

It was the nicest thing anyone has done for me in a long, long time.

And it really warmed my heart.

An hour later, all electricity, water, internet, and cell service was knocked out of our condo, and it took 6 hours for it to be restored, so that warm and fuzzy feeling was temporarily erased from my memory.

But then I swallowed half a bottle of wine and wrote this post.

And my heart is warm again.

To the total stranger who helped me on that horrible, rainy afternoon: THANK YOU.

Has anyone done anything to restore your faith in humanity lately?

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Dated : 2021-04-05 19:23:40

Category : Family Mobile posts Parenting

Tags : Random acts of kindness

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