It Takes A Village

I’m pretty accustomed to doing everything on my own when it comes to my son. Every so often someone will offer a hand or bring him a present, but the general gist is that I plan, produce, and fulfill the majority of his needs.

With the lack of Spring that has lingered over Ontario, I never thought to start prepping for Summer.

Summer is came in hot, literally.

The next thing I knew, I was scrambling to find my son shorts that fit and was sending him to daycare in PJ shorts because I didn’t want him to have a heat stroke in jeans.

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We spent a few nights eating popsicles in diapers and underwear just trying to cool off!

It’s ridiculous that baby girls have such a wide variety of loose, breathable clothing. Finding multi-packs of shorts for my son has been as painful as giving birth. Every company wants $6-12 for a single pair of boy shorts online. I go into Walmart and they have 1 single type of shorts in an ugly teal green for $4 with the rest of the bottoms being jogging pants. What kid needs jogging pants in the summer?! It’s mind-boggling and so upsetting.

I tried surfing the local “buy-n-sell’s.” I found a lot of people asking extreme prices that I could just not afford to pay for a handful of clothes. Then, out of nowhere, I came across a deal I couldn’t pass up on. A garbage bag filled with clothes described as “the majority is 4T with a few 6-10’s” for $20. I jumped on that as fast as I could!

I was so angry and disappointed to find out it was mostly 6-10’s with a handful of 4T. I have a bunch of clothes now for when he’s in the 5th grade, but that isn’t going to help me now. I felt even guiltier for venting on SnapChat to my Mom friends because one had her son in the room when I went off. He quickly parroted some of my not-so-child-friendly language. I should’ve put a *WARNING: I got gypped and I’m pissed! Not suitable for children!* across the top! By the way, out of all of those clothes, not a single piece was a size 4T shorts.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do other than return to the buy and sells and see what I could find next.

The next night, after I had just put my son to bed, I was resting when my Dad called for me. He asked if I had ordered anything. I said, “probably, but why would it be delivered at 7pm at night?”

While he was in the garage, doing his own thing, someone rolled up and placed a bag on our front door. He turned around to see a car pulling away.

Inside the bag was 3 pairs of shorts from Once Upon A Child.

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My heart instantly felt heavy, but in an amazing way. I cried tears of joy. I messaged those who I thought could have been my savior in this moment. No one owned up.

There was no note, no anything to hint who it was.

From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of my “Husband” and Little Man, thank-you, whoever you are! If you ever come forward, I would love to buy you lunch!

This person obviously knew me because they knew my exact address without having to message me. It just blows my mind that someone could have been so kind.

I paid it forward this weekend by giving away 5 bottles of lipstick total from my beauty business ($30 value each).

I just wanted to put it out there for this person to know that your kind act has made a lot more people happy.

The saying is true, it takes a village to raise a child.

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Thankfully, my tribe is nation-wide.

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