Going to the grocery store is a pretty mundane task for most people. However, for one mom and two daughters, it was anything but ordinary. Amanda Wilkins was shopping at Morrisons in Basingstoke, Hampshire with her two daughters recently, which she has said is difficult, because they are both blind and have autism.
So, why was this day any different? Wilkins described on Facebook, along with the now viral photo, how her daughters both had a meltdown at the checkout counter, but the cashier did something surprising:
“At the checkout both girls decided to go into meltdown and this very kind lady decided to help instead of judge. She distracted my daughter by letting her scan all my shopping. A dream come true for Holly who loves playing ‘shops.’
It melts my heart to come across people that are prepared to go the extra mile, and little acts of kindness makes a massive difference to my world.”
The photo, as of now, has been liked more than 370,000 times, and shared over 62,000 times. A spokesperson for Morrisons identified the woman as Lin, and stated:
“What a credit she is to our company. It’s amazing how something small can make a massive difference to others and it’s lovely to hear that one of your daughters’ dreams has been brought to life by this act of kindness.”
Simon Nellis, a manager at the Basingstoke store, also stated that he will put Lin on the store’s wall of fame. Many other customers at the store also shared their positive experiences with Lin; Kim Leggett said Lin is “a breath of fresh air.”
Reading stories like these always makes me smile, even on a bad day, because it illustrates just how much small interactions can make a huge difference in someone’s day.