The Kindness of a Stranger – Mommy Blogger

Hi, My name is Brittany and I’m a first time mom to a beautiful baby girl! I live with my (common law) husband of 5 years, our 4 year old rescue dog, Luna, and of course our daughter, Claire. I have a full time job with the City of Saskatoon that I will be returning to in September. In my (very little) free time I enjoy video games, board games, and Netflix. I live for coffee and craft beer. I enjoy cooking and baking but don’t have nearly as much time for meal prep as I’d like. Being a parent is both the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done in my entire life and also the most fulfilling. I can’t wait to share my experiences – good or bad.

It happened today. I ugly cried in front of a total stranger in the McDonald’s drive-thru.

It all started with a bad night. Claire is either teething or going through a growth spurt or both. She’s miserable. Up to now I’ve been SO lucky with her sleep habits – she’s been sleeping through the night since she was three months old. But last night she was up every hour, crying inconsolably.

I had to go out this morning and pick up some groceries. I was a mess but I was so tired I didn’t even care. Claire fell asleep in the car and I foolishly thought to myself, ‘let’s go get some coffee!’ and headed to McDonald’s. The line was long but I figured we’d be okay.

We were not okay.

See, Claire is perfectly fine in the car – as long as it’s moving. By the time I got up to the speaker she was awake and howling. I managed to half shout my order over the sounds of her screams and make it to the window. The woman working the till opened the window and looked me up and down, taking in the unshowered hair, yesterday’s makeup remnants on my face, the look of both worry and defeat in my eyes… and then she said the seven most beautiful words in the English language, “You know what? This one’s on me.”

I argued, insisting I pay the measly $2 for my coffee, but the Saint of a woman just shook her head and told me I seemed like I could use a break and to have a wonderful day. (Still over the sounds of my daughters screaming!) There were still two cars in front of me waiting for their food so in this woman’s line of sight I completely broke down. I honestly could not tell you the last time I’ve cried so hard. Panicked, the woman opened the window and asked if I was alright to which I was only able to tearfully nod and thank her again for her kindness.

When we finally made it home, I somehow managed to get Claire to sleep in her crib almost immediately. I’ll tell you something – when I sat down and took my first sip, listening to the sound of silence in my house, no coffee I ever have for the rest of my life will ever taste so good.

A simple coffee turned my whole day around. Thank you, kind stranger.

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