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Stranger Tells Frazzled Mom in Grocery Store a Story About His Son That Completely Changes Her Perspective on Parenting

Have you ever had a conversation with a total stranger and later realize that person must have been sent by God?

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In all the hustle and bustle of young parenthood, it can be oh-so-easy to forget all the reminders from older, wiser parents to “cherish the little years.”

But it is in these moments that the perspective of older parents can be the most valuable, and give us a new, fresh perspective on the long-term goal of parenting.

No matter what else we have going on in our lives, how long our to-do list is, or how tall the pile of laundry has gotten, remembering what is truly important as our little ones grow is vital for any parent.

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Busy mom Leanne recently shared a charming encounter she had with an elderly man who stopped to chat with her children at the grocery store, and later “made a beeline” back to her to share a beautiful story that puts parenthood in perspective.

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She shared her story on Facebook:

Have you ever had a conversation with a total stranger and later realize that person must have been sent by God?

That’s what happened to me the other day. I was pushing my shopping cart filled to the brim with children and food through the store when an older gentleman approached us. He saw the kids and couldn’t resist coming over to talk to us. He carried on about how cute they were and asked them several questions. Thankfully, my kids were cooperative and answered his questions. After chatting with us briefly, he went on his way.

A little while later, he made a beeline back to us.

He looked straight at me and said, ‘I want to tell you something.’ He then began a story about when his son was five years old. His son had asked him to build a birdhouse. He told him no because he was really busy with ‘important’ things for work.

He watched his disappointed five year old slump off without crying or making a scene, and suddenly he felt terrible for breaking his son’s heart. He called his son back to him. Together they went to the store to buy the materials and they built the birdhouse.

To make a long story short (he said), 40 years later, he can’t remember anything about the work he was doing or what made it so important.

Then, he looked me in the eyes and said, ‘But we still have that birdhouse.’ My eyes immediately flooded with tears. Even though I’m with my kids for the majority of our days, I don’t always devote myself fully to them. I halfheartedly do activities with them. I fuss at them. I get distracted by chores and my to do list and my phone.

This man may never know just how much he stopped me in my tracks, helped me adjust my priorities, and inspired me to slow down and be more intentional with my family.

God puts people in our path to help show us the way. The next time a stranger comes to you with something to say, be open to the message. It might change your life!

Life happens when we talk to strangers!”

How often do we find ourselves brushing off our children because of the things that seem more urgent? Next time you feel the pressure of adulthood overshadowing your availability to your children, just remember that birdhouse, and what you’ll have to remember of the little years when your children are grown.

 

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Craft Beer Customers Leave Unopened Can of Pale Ale on Bar for Fallen Soldiers

The gesture did not go unnoticed.

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There really isn’t anything more American than craft beer. Before the experiment called “prohibition”, America was home to well over 2,500 breweries, with a vast majority of these businesses being family-operated and neighborhood-focused.  The banning of alcohol in the early 20th century brought this number down to around a half dozen or so companies, nearly all of whom converted their factories to produce medicine or dairy products in order to survive. Now, thanks to the resurgence of craft beer, Americans have their choice of nearly 4,000 smaller breweries to buy their swill from. And this doesn’t include brands like Coors, Miller, or Budweiser, who have all been gobbled up by giant, foreign conglomerates, making them no longer American-owned companies. In Atlanta, Georgia, the undisputed king of craft beer is Sweetwater – a brand usually focused on recreation and leisure. As visitors experience the brewery’s newly renovated taproom over Memorial Day Weekend, something special and spontaneous happened. To that, we simply say “cheers”.

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Total Strangers Gather to Celebrate Life of Korean War Vet on Memorial Day Weekend

America has not forgotten those who sacrificed it all for our freedom.

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Amid the barbecues and Budweisers, it can be difficult to temper our Memorial Day celebrations with the true reason for the remembrance. Those of us with a three day weekend are likely gassing up the boat, gathering our grill supplies, and lathering on the sunscreen in anticipation of Memorial Day – a holiday that is far too often relegated to the realm of “hey it’s summer”-style shenanigans. We mustn’t ever forget why we have the day off, however. Memorial Day is truly a day of solemn reflection on those we’ve lost in the line of American military duty – a fact that is all too often overshadowed by these celebrations. But not for the fine people of Ohio, who showed the world what compassion is all about this weekend. A public call for mourners to attend the Ohio funeral of an unaccompanied 90-year-old Korean War veteran Saturday resulted in an overwhelming response. “It being Memorial Day weekend it was the right thing to do to come up and honor his life,” Suzanne Koehne told Fox 19. She attended the funeral in Cincinnati after driving nearly 100 miles to get there from Louisville, Kentucky. The turnout was incredible. An estimated 400 strangers, like Koehne, showed up to pay final respects to Army veteran Hezekiah Perkins whose only family, a daughter, couldn’t make it because of poor health, Fox 19 and other media reported. The gesture is just another reminder of the inherent greatness of the American public, and their reverence for those who sacrificed it all for our freedoms.

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