A Stranger’s Compliment 

A couple days ago I was at a gas station (Kwik Trip) I had a coupon for $1 off a gallon of milk. So I handed my phone to the cashier with the text message coupon pulled up. She punched in the coupon and took another look at my phone. She handed my phone back to me and said: “You have such a cute baby!” 

It took every bit of willpower not to break down and cry right there. I smiled, said “Thank you” and left. As soon as I got to my car I started crying. That cashier made my whole day. I never thought I would get to hear a stranger at a store compliment my beautiful daughter; because she isn’t with me physically… but this young woman found a way. 

Her compliment makes me smile just thinking about it. She doesn’t know my story and she certainly doesn’t know how much her words mean to me but that didn’t matter in that moment. It was such a simple compliment that left me deeply touched. 

One of the scariest parts of being a mother to an angel is wondering if your child will be forgotten. As a mother with no living children this is especially scary. For a stranger looking at me, there’s no way of telling I have a child. But this cashier seen my picture on my phone and she broke those barriers and showed me that even a stranger can see my daughter’s beauty. 

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