To the Man Behind Me at Target Who Wouldn’t Take “No” for an Answer


Sometimes, all it takes is the kindness of another person to remind us all that someone cares.

Erin Bennett got that special reminder during her trip to Target on Wednesday.

She shared her touching experience in a Facebook post written “to the man in line behind me at Target.”

“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. 

Erin Bennett

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. 

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.”

Erin hopes in sharing her experience, her appreciation will somehow make it back to the man in line behind her at Target. She wants others to see it and know that even the smallest acts of kindness goes a long way.

We all have the power to let someone know that they are SEEN, they matter, and they are cared for. May Erin’s story be an encouragement to us all, to do something kind for someone else today.

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