To the Grandma Who Saw Me Crying Over Spilled Milk in the Grocery Store Parking Lot

We’ve all heard it said, “It’s no use crying over spilled milk.”

But for one worn out mother with two fussy boys in tow, it was the last straw.

That ancient cliché held no ground as Kristin Sherman‎ dropped her gallon of milk on the Meijer parking lot on New Year’s Eve after an already exhausting day.

But little did she know, a little guardian angel affectionately coined “the parking lot grandma” was watching her from across the lot, just waiting to save the day with a little dose of kindness.

Kristin tells her heartwarming story in viral Facebook post shared by Love What Matters:

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Last night I found myself in the Essexville Meijer parking on the verge of tears after the milk I just placed in my car fell out and splattered all over the ground.

Photo: Kristin Sherman

Prior to this I managed to pick up a few needed items and some snacks for our low key New Year’s party of four with two very tired boys. Made it through the store barely escaping a meltdown from the youngest.

Now the milk I needed was splattered on the ground. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal until you find yourself with two tired kids buckled in their seats, one crying, parked almost at the end of the parking lot because it’s NYE. Who shops on NYE with kids, LOL.

Anyways, little did I know a car parked across the aisle from us was watching me. I placed the cart into the cart return next to that car. A woman got out and said ‘I’m so sorry you spilled your milk. I’m a grandma I know how that is. Please let me go in and get you another one.’ I said no that’s ok. I couldn’t possibly make this “grandma” do that for me. She insisted. I finally agreed because I knew the boys needed their milk tonight. She told me to wait and she would be right back.

I waited and she came back. I offered to pay her. She wouldn’t accept it. I begged her to take some money. She wouldn’t. She said happy New Years. I thanked her, gave her a hug and got into the car. Not only did she get my gallon of milk but she got me an additional gallon and a meijer gift card! She has no idea what her act of kindness did for me. I was feeling exhausted and defeated for the most part this week and this strangers random act of kindness made me cry like a baby.

Thank you to the parking lot grandma. In 2017 I hope we can all be a little more like her. I’m hoping the lady that helped me out last night will see this. Please feel free to share. Less hate, more love is my hope for 2017. ❤️

Today, Kristin shared an update on her Facebook page saying that she accomplished her mission of finding the sweet grandma who made her New Year’s Eve:


I second that.

Let’s leave the hate behind in 2016, and share the love—or the milk, whatever the situation calls for. 😉 ❤️

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Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.