When Erin Bennett goes for her weekly grocery shopping, she usually places her personal items at the back of the cart. If she reaches her budget, she’ll remove the item and try again next week.

Bennett wrote on Facebook that this week, she placed aside a pumpkin spice candle and some makeup. She told the cashier she would wait until the final bill rang up, and then, she would decide on her items.

Erin Bennett

Unfortunately, the final bill was too high, and she asked the register attendant to place the items aside.

But then, as she told Dearly, a man in the line behind her jumped in and insisted he would purchase the candle and make up for her:

“I told him no way and then he and the cashier jumped in to convince me to take it. The cashier quickly rang it up and put it in my cart.”

Bennett blinked back tears as she finished her transaction.

She asked permission to give the man a hug; then she leaned in and said thank you. She told Dearly:

“What that man did was see through the chaos of crying kids, coupons, a missing blankie and ‘a mom’ taking too long to check out. He stood there with his one item and observed, and then treated me like a human.”

Bennett has been suffering from postpartum depression for more than two years, and candles often help to lift her mood. She wrote on Facebook:

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.

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.

Now, she thinks about the kind stranger when she lights her candle. She wanted to share her story as a reminder to be kind to everyone:

“I just think that so often we, as moms, become just ‘mom.’ ‘Bella’s mom,’ that mom in line taking too long, that mom at the restaurant trying to quiet her kids unsuccessfully, that mom who isn’t breastfeeding or is but isn’t covering.

But we need not to forgot, we are not JUST moms. We were our own separate people before having kids and still are […] The man in line saw what he would do to make someone’s day, and he did it. Just a little gesture that make such a HUGE difference to me, and I will never forget it.”

The mom of four explained she and her husband have been tight on money since she stopped working to take care of her family.

Erin Bennett

Despite feeling like just “someone’s mom” most days, she feels “blessed” for the opportunity to spend time with her children.

Now, the mom hopes to one day perform an act of kindness to help another person.

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