To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Pharmacy

Reach out

Dear Woman Behind Me in Line at the Pharmacy,

Thank you for seeing me. Thank you for seeing my thinly veiled desperation and stepping in, in the gentlest of ways. Thank you for knowing that probably the best way to comfort my sick, exhausted, crying little boy (who wouldn’t stop wailing “I want Daddy” ), was to encourage your little boy to talk to him. Because all Henry needed was one tiny distraction, and somehow your boy knew what it should be: a penny that he found on the ground.

After he chatted about the shiny penny, he somehow knew that we needed more. So he was game to talk about the toy he got from his Oma’s house, the Paw Patrol guy that he likes the best, and how he’s gonna be Spiderman when he grows up. And while Henry wasn’t totally sure what to make of such a chatty kid, it bought us enough time to get to the counter and grab our medicine with no more tears.

So thank you for teaching your boy to reach out when he sees someone struggling. The smallest acts of kindness are sometimes the ones most acutely felt. I left the pharmacy near tears, not because I was upset about my sick boy but because I was overwhelmed by the simple kindness of a compassionate young stranger. And please know that I’ll be teaching my son the same compassion, and encouraging him to reach out too.


  1. Annie on said:

    gosh. What a lovely thing to hear.
    So glad that the babes are getting better. Good luck

    • Lovely Indeed on said:

      Thank s doll! xo

    • Amy on said:

      What an amazing post <3 Loved reading this. Made my day!

      • Lovely Indeed on said:

        Wow, thank you Amy! You are seriously so sweet! 😊

  2. Geneviève on said:

    The Internet (and the world too) needs more of this. Thumbs up to this Mom, this great kid and you! 🙂

    • Lovely Indeed on said:

      Thank you for your comment, Geneviève! It truly means so much! 🙏

  3. Kristina B on said:

    I ADORE this. And what hope for the future of humanity….

    • Lovely Indeed on said:

      Thanks girl! 😘

  4. Marilia F on said:

    Lovely Indeed… lovely, lovely, lovely… That’s something I try to do myself since I first saw the movie “Pay it Forward”. I still believe we can help others. It’s was very kind of you writing about it. Congratulations.

    • Lovely Indeed on said:

      Thank you! I’m adding “Pay it Forward” to my list of movies to watch. 😊 Sometimes it’s the little reminders in life (like a movie) that are the biggest eye openers.

  5. Elaine Costa on said:

    So beautiful.