Any mom knows that it can be a struggle to try to run errands with your little ones in tow. They are always reaching for things and pulling you in opposite directions, and if they’re not doing that they’re crying or screaming over an item they want that you’ve refused to buy.
Now imagine throwing an extra wrench into that mix. That’s what this foster mom was facing as she attempted to check out at the Newcastle, Oklahoma, Walmart. Thankfully, an angel in disguise had her back that day.
20-year-old cashier Nicholas Tate recalls seeing the frazzled mom surrounded by three children make her way up to the counter late one Friday night. She apologized as she got up to him.
“Is it one of those days?” Tate asked her, smiling.
The woman told him that she was fostering a baby and had to use WIC, a federal program that provides assistance for low-income families with children, to pay for some of her items. She had just set everything up that day and had never used it before.
“She had a good amount of items and most of them went through, but she apparently didn’t have the right formula and it wouldn’t go through,” Tate said. “We had to run a separate transaction for the rest.”
As the line grew longer behind the woman, many of the customers weren’t quiet about their annoyance over the wait. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote about how stressful that moment was for her:
“[There were] more customers, more grumbling and dirty looks as they moved to the other lane and I’m frustrated and trying not to cry,” she recalled.
It was at that point that a woman she knew came up to her in line and, attempting a joke, asked her why she was causing so many problems. In that moment, though, this overwhelmed foster mom didn’t find the humor.
“I told her I was just failing as a foster mom because I can’t figure out WIC and almost burst into tears right there,” she said.