stranger encounter

Mom snaps a photo of her four daughters as they walk to the bus stop for school

‘No boy? Their daddy is going to have a hard time when they are teens, watch out!’: Mom to four girls powerfully responds to gender remarks from strangers, urges ‘words matter’

“At first it didn’t bother me, the stares or the questions, but then it started to chip away at me. With each comment, my daughters would silently absorb a stranger making me feel less because we were a large family of girls. With each question, my daughters would internalize something they couldn’t yet grasp.”

‘May I hug your boys?’ An older woman approached me in the cereal aisle. ‘You don’t know what I’d give to hear my grandson laugh one last time.’: Twin mom touched by Walmart chance encounter

“She said, ‘I know you probably hate this and I’m sorry to take up so much of your time. You see, I lost my only grandchild last year, and about the only time I see kids his age is when I do my grocery shopping.’ I couldn’t find any words. I stood in silence, grieving for her.”

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