My Kind-Hearted Momma!


The Momma and me almost forty years ago

I came up to St. Cloud a couple of nights ago to see my mom and daughter and take care of a few things. Yesterday afternoon, my mom returned from grocery shopping, which is a challenge since she is in quite a lot of pain from her bad knees and right shoulder. She said that everyone ahead of her in line at Sam’s Club had full carts, which meant an interminable wait for her; she had even considered walking out because of the pain and discomfort. Then she saw a young African man standing in another line behind a couple of full carts. He was carrying only one item. She waved him over and told him to get in line in front of her. He was most grateful.

It wasn’t the first time she had let someone go ahead of her. In fact, it wasn’t even the first time that day. Earlier, at Cub Foods, she had noticed an elderly gentleman who appeared to be struggling with the after-effects of a stroke—he was limping and one hand appeared damaged. She saw him glancing at his watch so she waved him over and offered him her spot in line. He too was grateful; he said he had to catch a bus and was getting concerned about the time. She watched as he used just one hand to retrieve his wallet, write a check and rip it out for the cashier.

I told her that waving others on ahead of her, even when she was in considerable pain, was very nice of her. With a smile, she said, “It makes me feel good to help others so they don’t have to stand in line like I did.”

That makes it official. She is awarded first place in the Nicest Mom in the World contest!

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4 Responses to “My Kind-Hearted Momma!”

  1. Kim Battern Says:

    What a nice story. I love your mom… she’s a gem.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Kim! You have good taste in moms!

  3. mel Says:

    Mr. Phil Bolsta,

    You have a geat and kind-hearted mom. No wonder she molds you into a wonderful person.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Mel! I happen to agree with you!

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