The special scented pumpkin candle a stranger bought for a mom.
Stranger's Buys Struggling Mother a Candle, The Mother's Facebook Post Goes Viral
People work and have struggles every day. Each and everyone of us has a story to tell. Sometimes taking a moment to relax, to unwind and do something for yourself is necessary to maintain your sanity. Having a "me time" moment is essential especially if you are a parent or caretaker.
It can be as simple as taking a bath (without time limit), soak yourself in a tub, do yoga or just listen to some relaxing music.
Erin Bennett, a mom of four from Gainesville, Florida.
Meet Erin Bennett, a mother of four, from Gainesville Florida who loves to light a scented candle for relaxation and a quiet time for herself to cope with her demanding life. So when she was shopping for the house, she made sure to get one and put it in her cart when she went shopping.
As she went to the checkout, she put all the items in the cart and held a couple of items off to the side. Knowing that her budget was tight, she wanted to make sure she had enough money to cover the necessities of the household.
Though her candle time means a lot to her, she always put her children's needs first. And at this moment, she realized that she didn't have enough money to pay for her candle.
Gainesville Target, where Erin experienced an act of kindness.
However, a man that was in the line behind her noticed that she didn't pass the remaining items and stepped in to help and made it possible to have her special time for herself. The man paid for the candle and the other items she set aside for herself and said that she deserved it.
Immediately Erin pushed back and said she couldn't, but the man insisted. Stunned by what happen Erin finished her shopping and headed home.
The stranger had no idea that Erin had a rough week and that scented candle was the only way to soothe herself from postpartum depression after her youngest child.
Erin’s letter to the kindhearted stranger.
That is why the act of the kind-hearted stranger was very special to Erin. She was so impressed by the stranger's kindness that she made a post on Facebook thanking the man and a pledge for his generosity to "pay it forward." She got more than 4,000 likes on the "Love What Matters" Facebook page.
Here's her heartwarming note to the stranger who made her day:
"To the man in line behind me at the Gainesville Target, who saw that after hitting my grocery budget limit I decided to put back my Pumpkin Spice candle and the makeup I had picked out, You didn't know that I always save my stuff for last and usually end up putting it back. You didn't know that the two fussy kids I had with me, were only two out of four. You didn't know that I have postpartum depression from the youngest babe and that I use scent as a way to boost my mood. You didn't know that this week has been full of sick kids, parent-teacher conferences, emergency dental visits and I was so looking forward to lighting that candle at nap time and just taking a minute to relax.
Erin pledges to “Pay it forward” and share it with other people.
Even without knowing that, you saw me. You saw me as a human, not just the mom in front of you that was distracted and going way too slow. You heard me say that I'd like to put those items back and you said you were getting them. You didn't take no for an answer. You told me I deserved it when I started to tear up.
You Sir, are the good in the world. You made my day, probably my week, and I WILL pay it forward. Thank you so much for your kind heart and words."
A simple act of kindness is remarkable to a person who receives it. You never know when you can impact the life of a total stranger.
“Kindness is gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us.”
- Henri-Frederic Amiel