Dear mom in aisle 5, yeah you, with the baby and totally rambunctious toddler.
Dear lordy, do I feel your pain…especially when you beg them to “Get back here right now.”
I understand your strain…when they won’t listen.
I know why you’re not even trying to crack a fake smile.
Or pretend to leisurely walk through the aisle.
Or trying to do anything but LEAVE THE STORE AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE.
With the kids.
And your reusable bags.
And your dignity.
I feel you.
I hear you.
Heck, I WAS you.
I just want you to know that I’ve been there.
We’ve ALL been there.
You can slap me, but just as the saying goes, I want you to know that this too shall pass.
(Heck, it feels like it passes way too fast when your kids are 11 and 14.)
Even though right now, what you’re going through feels like eternity.
Oh yes, some days, when you have really little ones, the present doesn’t always feel like a gift.
Especially when you’ve had four hours of sleep.
No, the present feels more like a suburban-space ball of snot, chasing and whines. Along with a few hugs, strolls and smiles.
You’re barely holding it together some days, while others you’re on top of the world.
You can throw your middle finger at me, but all I have to say is, hang in there.
Just please have a little faith.
Because one day, they will stop acting like little crazy people.
One day, they will actually stop begging for gum on the way out the door.
One day, believe it or not, they will stop wanting to go with you to the store.
You will no longer feel mortified when you see the entrance sign.
Or worried that people will stare at the mere hint of a whine.
Because one day, you will forget about the sh*tty shopping trips.
The rushing, the trials, the germy licks.
And you’ll stare at the mom with two little tots who act a lot like yours did today.
And you’ll probably give her a wink, a nod, and even a friendly “holy-crap-I’ve-so-been-there-and-I-so-totally-feel-you” wave.
Like I did to you when you weren’t looking today in Aisle 5.