Most trips to Walmart are pretty uneventful, but today saw a small event that I've been thinking about since we left the parking lot. Balancing two small kids and a shopping trip takes a little bit planning:
- I always bring a list,
- I always feed both kids before we leave (or I bring a snack),
- I always buy refrigerator/freezer and fragile items last,
- I try to keep my shopping list under 30 items so everything fits in the cart,
- and I always try to park next to the cart return.
Today's shopping was smooth and pleasant. However, as I loaded the kids and food into the car I realized that I couldn't reach the cart return and the parking lot was so full there was nowhere to put the cart without blocking someone's car. (I'd really hate to do that!) I decided to think about it after the kids were buckled up. As I was buckling Kaia in, a man walked past with his teenage son. He told his son, "Pick up that lady's cart for her" as they walked past. They didn't even slow down as he wheeled the cart away.
I called out, "Thank you!" and they smiled. That was it. No big announcements or fanfare. Just a simple good deed that totally made this lady's day. It made me want to park someone else's cart for them, or take cookies to a neighbor. It seemed so effortless for them, and yet I have been happier because of it all day.
And since no post is complete without a picture, here is Kaia coming home last night from a Trunk-or-Treat. (You can expect a post dedicated entirely to the Trunk-or-Treat in the near future...I may be blogging about Halloween for the next two weeks!)