Amy Choate-Nielsen: When others' kids are noisy in public, think twice before reacting
And before I could respond, she started pushing my cart for me. As we walked, she told me how 20 years ago, on a particularly bad day when her small children were misbehaving in public, a man said to her, “Why do you have all of those children?” He was so mean she never forgot it, and as she told me the story her eyes welled up with tears all over again at the memory.
We only went a small way before we reached the door, where she put her arm around me again, and I thanked her for her help. I pushed my cart alone the rest of the way to my car, but her gesture has stayed with me since.
Perhaps because of what she did, a new story will be added to my family’s lore, and it will be a story my grandchildren know by heart. Perhaps in 20 years, I will share that story with a young mom with my arm around her shoulder, and when my eyes well up with tears at the memory, it will be because she was so kind.
Amy Choate-Nielsen is a full-time mom and part-time writer. She spends her days at the park and her nights at the computer. She writes about family history and her quest to understand life while learning about her deceased grandmother, Fleeta.
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