Realizing that you left your toddler in his car seat while you jumped out, you thought you'd only be a second, leaving your car door open with intentions of jumping right back in. What you didn't plan on though, was how quickly he'd climb out of his seat and pull his door open in the van.
Slowing my cart, I quickly surveyed the parking lot as panic struck with an oncoming truck. Your little one was about to crawl out on his side, with the truck on its way. The driver would never have a chance to slow down. In that split second, you turned around to head back.
That's how fast it was. That's how quickly it all happened. I prepared to run and get your son but I didn't need to. You shot to him before his little feet hit the ground.
He was fine. You were fine. Your look was of pure exasperation and I thought you would start to cry. I felt your look glaze over me with an expression of, "You have no idea how hard this is."
I simply smiled back with my cart in tow...and gave a nod of understanding.
Then something happened. An older woman walked towards us with a scowl on her face and a tsk, tsk shake of her head.
Her glare was directed directly at you with a look of complete disapproval. She saw what had happened and wanted to make quite sure that you knew how greatly you were in the wrong.
It did nothing to support you. It didn't help the situation in anyway and I watched as you fell a little deeper into your defeat.
I'm sure the woman had raised children of her own and did everything right, without a day of despair or wrongdoing. I'm sorry that she made you feel that way and I want you to know that there is no such thing as a perfect mother.
You will make mistakes. Some will be big, some small. Some will scare you to death, others will have you laugh until it hurts. That's called being a parent.
No matter what, don't let the negative and judgmental people get you down. They're always going to be there, telling you what you're doing wrong and how you should be better. Try to focus on the good though.
Surround yourself with people who will support you and love you no matter what.
Even though it's hard to believe, it will get easier. Just hang in there and get through one day at a time...and try not to let the bad ones get you down.
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