Mama’s boy

In the grocery store this morning, a toddler (probably somewhere between 1-2 years old) was sitting in the front of a cart, looking very unhappy.  He had his arms outstretched, and was making whiny/grunting noises – clearly indicating he wanted OUT of the cart!  His mom tried to offer him a toy to play with, then a snack to eat, then a beverage to drink, then a grocery item to hold – and he was having none of it.  He just wanted OUT.

And his patience was wearing thin.  His temper was starting to escalate.  His whines were growing louder, and his grunts becoming more insistent.  Then, tears began to collect in his eyes.  Uh oh…

With a sigh, his mom gently lifted the little boy from the cart.  But he didn’t want to run around the store, or touch the alluring canned goods now clearly accessible to him, or do anything else ‘naughty’; he just wanted to be held.

As the mom set the toddler on her hip, he reached out his arm, gingerly took a clump of her shoulder-length hair into his hand, and began brushing his face very gently with it.

And as the woman continued shopping, the tiny little boy placed one hand on her chest, kept the other in her hair, and just enjoyed the comfort of being close to his mommy.

Talk about unconditional love.


About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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17 Responses to Mama’s boy

  1. barb19 says:

    Oh Stef, that brought tears to my eyes, it was so sweet and it took me back a few years to when my youngest son was that age. He had the same need as that little boy you saw in the supermarket – wanting to be close, and the need to touch my skin or hold my long hair. Just a need, simple as that.
    Thanks for bringing back a very special memory for me.


  2. rutheh says:

    Sweet moment


  3. Christine says:

    That story was so sweet my teeth hurt! Love it 🙂


  4. Awwww! So precious!


  5. Beautiful. Children have an incredible way of bringing us back to what is truly important in life.


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