Stressed Mom “Pouts” Over Grocery Store Fiasco—Then Lays Out the Reality Check We ALL Need Today

Y’all, let’s just get one thing straight: Adulting is hard.

When you’re a kid growing up, being an adult seems like the greatest thing in the world. You don’t have to do homework, bedtime is not a thing, you have money to spend and cars to drive, and life appears to be GRAND.

Of course we all know that growing up really means responsibility, work and forever trying to catch up on sleep. (Come on somebody!)

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a LOT to love about being an adult too, but we’d all be lying if we said every day was fine and peachy.

That’s how “Mom Babble” blogger, Mary Katherine Backstrom, feels most days too.

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Earlier this week, the mother of two had a particularly stressful war with the adulting game.

She detailed the seemingly never-ending chain of bad luck on Facebook:

“Today my last contact tore, so I went to the grocery store in glasses. I lost my debit card and tried to use my husband’s. They thought it was stolen because I forgot his pin. I finally used my last check to pay for the groceries. Then it stormed. At home, it took three trips to get the groceries inside my house and my whole body is soaked.”

Mary Katherine admits she usually tries to share cute pictures and moments with her kids with encouraging notes and inspirational words. But this particular day called for something “REAL.”

So she posted a selfie, boasting said mess, hassle groceries and soaking body.


The kicker to her back-to-back…to back struggles was that after she collected herself and took a breath, Mary Katherine says she felt grateful.

Wait, what?

“I allowed myself a second to pout, then I said a quick prayer for perspective. And now I feel grateful.”

She continues:

“Because I have money for groceries. My hair is wet…but it’s on my head. I have a girlfriend going through chemo who would love a headful of soggy hair. And these wet groceries will feed my family for a week, maybe two weeks. And these glasses are a miracle because they help me SEE. Let the rain keep coming, I love the way it feels on my skin. I’m glad to be alive.”

Her beautiful realization is the shift in perspective we could all use today and every day. Things aren’t always sunshine and roses, but even in the struggles, there is always something to be grateful for.

So friends, I leave you with the same question Katherine posed in her message:

“How’s your perspective today?”

Bri Lamm
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Bri is an outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure. She lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese in between capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras.