A wound’s scar will go away over time but the emotional damage of a hurtful word will remain for a lifetime.
Nobody is safe in this cruel world where people easily judge other people because of the color of their skin, the way they look, their race, and even their preference as a parent. It’s a sad reality about the society that we’re all living in today and it’s indeed a hard pill to swallow.
We always say, “be kind to others”, sadly, there are really some people who can’t.
Words are strong, they can either break or make a person, and hurtful words can pierce through the heart.
A mom named Lindsay Rae saw firsthand how cruel and insensitive some people can be while waiting in a checkout line. Much to her surprise, a couple behind her began spouting out nasty comments about another customer who was at the register with her five kids.
Lindsay was horrified to hear what they had to say about the woman (a stranger to them), judging her on appearances. The couple whispered loud enough to be heard, questioning “how many baby daddies” she had, her ability to dress her children properly, and made an assumption that she used food stamps.
Understandably, Lindsay was outraged. Not only because the people were passing judgment – but also because they didn’t understand the real truth behind the woman’s situation. Like a hero in a movie, Lindsay eventually went off on the rude couple and gave them a good dose of reality!
In a Facebook post that went viral, Linsday elaborated on what actually transpired in the incident.
“WARNING; Insensitive people at the Walmart rant ahead.
Last night I found myself sandwiched in line waiting to check out, this is not an odd occurrence. The woman in front of me had 5 children she was wrangling (which did not seem odd to me), as well as the fact that the children were a mix of Caucasian and Hispanic short people.(again hmph…didn’t notice until it was pointed out to me).
Yes, I said pointed out.”
She’s totally shocked by what she was hearing from the judgmental people.
“The people behind me as I wrestled my own whiney toddler, began very loudly whispering things like;
‘How many baby daddies do you think she has?’
‘Can’t even dress those kids for weather.’
‘Just wait until she whips out the food stamps.’
I calmed my 3 year old with old altoids found at the bottom of my purse and looked incredulously back at the well dressed, normal couple spouting such, well, total CRAP.
I looked forward to see a woman fumbling with separating clothes items; coats and shoes socks and underwear from the food items with the black plastic separators.”
Lindsay knew the real story behind the mom and her children.
“There five kids, two that shared her same blonde hair with jackets and warm shoes and three, beautifully dark haired and deep brown eyes, sad eyes; wearing shorts, and flip flops. It was true she was struggling with a food stamp card. Didn’t know what buttons to use to complete the transaction.
As the class act behind me deeply sighed; and said ‘Theres our tax dollars neatly at work.’
I shot them what I can only imagine was the death glare only a mother of 9 can execute to perfection.
I stepped forward and kindly said, can I help? These things are so confusing. She looked at me. I quietly asked ‘Foster or Adopted? I have 9 kiddos…two bio, I get it, please let me help.’
She smiled embarrassed, ‘New Foster Mom, this is my first time using one of these, they came 3 days days ago, gonna be with us for a while. They gave us food, but the kids needed clothes, but no stipend has come through yet.”
When times get tough, it’s okay to ask for help, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
“I looked at the kids and smiled, and turned to her and said; ‘beautiful children I am glad you all have eachother.’
I showed her how to use her card as the jackholes behind us snorted.
I explained to her how she doesn’t have to seperate items and that the items get seperated by the computer at check out and how she pays the balance after she runs her card.
She handed each child a new coat, loaded up her cart as she left I side hugged her and told her ‘you have got this.'”
Lindsay had enough from the rude shoppers.
“After they were out of ear shot…I turned with tears to the smug well dressed man and woman behind me.
‘Those children? They lost the right to live with their parents just days ago, those clothes? probably the only clothes they own, or got to leave their home with. THAT woman? Opened her home to kids, kids that needed a safe place to go, when the one they lived in no longer proved safe enough or secure enough for them. The food stamps, something health and welfare helps an already mother to two feed three new mouths.
There are not nearly enough women or people like her this world.’
I whipped back around and started slamming my groceries on the belt, and then turned back around…
‘AND even IF those kids were all hers, and she had a dozen “baby daddies” and was on food stamps..no child in this country or any other deserves to be cold or hungry, I am sorry, but your behavior? Poorly done, VERY poorly done.’
My new ‘friends’ left my checkout aisle and joined another, silently.”
Even the cashier was amazed by what Lindsay did.
“I grabbed a bag of damn Peanutbutter m&ms…. As I finished checking out the girl checking me out smiled and winked, ‘single mother on WIC, what you said? Rocked!’
I grimaced and said ‘thanks, I wasn’t sure I should have gone off like that…hug those babies of yours tight tonight.’
She said ‘I will, you have a nice night mam’ and do the same.’
I cried hard as I found my Tahoe, buckled the baby in the car, loaded up…and opened those damn m&m’s.
You foster mama’s out there…hold your heads high, you are the hands and hearts that are the strong and the steady for small ones when they need it most. Hats off and so much love today to you.♡♥♡”
Lindsay’s Facebook post went viral and has been shared more than 287,000 times.
According to the Children’s Rights website – in 2017, over 690,000 kids spent time in foster care in the United States. There are almost 443,000 kids in U.S. foster care “on any given day.”
One day, we will come across an incident that will challenge the inner kindness in us. The question now is, when help is needed, are you ready to step up and help? Let’s try to keep kindness above everything else, especially during these trying times.
In this story, Lindsay was not just brave to stand up and fight for what she believes was right. She’s also one kindhearted person who selflessly offers herself to be a parent to children who’re not biologically hers.
Check out her touching social media post below.
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WARNING; Insensitive people at the Walmart rant ahead.
Last night I found myself sandwiched in line waiting to check…