LIFE

Supermarket Cashier Comforts Mother Of Daughter With Special Needs

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Suzie Skougard brought her daughter Carly with her to the supermarket. A routine grocery trip immediately turned into a debacle when she encountered not one but three rude strangers. The first one reprimanded her about her daughter’s shoes or lack thereof. It was a cold day and the woman demanded to know why a mother would allow her child to go without protected feet. Well, baby Carly kicked them off, as babies are to do. 

Next, a store clerk was completely disinterested in helping Suzie find an item. Finally, a rude customer shoved her out of their way. Shortly thereafter, Carly began to get fussy as it was past her nap time. What a day, right? Then something pretty amazing happened. When the hustle and bustle of the supermarket seemed to overcome the mother, a cashier (in good company with the Meijer’s cashier Kristen) took the time to give her a beautiful gift.

See the wonderful moment Suzie captured below…

By the time I took the picture Carly had gotten upset, (it was past time for milk and nap was interrupted) but I still took this picture, because when exchanges like this happen, they are my favorite moments in the world.”

“This woman works at our local grocery store, I always pick her checkout lane. Even back when I was pregnant — I chose hers, even when the line was longer. When I was pregnant, I’d talk to her in the few minutes I had. I wanted to know what Down syndrome would mean for my daughter as she got older. What would her life be like? Would she be anything like this woman?”

“Today as we were leaving the store, she said, ‘I have Down syndrome like her, and I have a big heart.’

‘You definitely do have a big heart.’ I replied.
‘Does she know sign language?’ she asked as she pointed in Carly’s direction.
‘She knows a few signs!’
‘When I was a baby I did this one (she signs more) and this one. (She signs please.)’
‘Yes! Carly knows those ones!’
‘I also know one more for her, I can teach her!’ And she signed ‘I love you.'”

“I interacted with a lot of people at the grocery store. There was a woman who scolded me for not having shoes on Carly on a cold day, (she kicked them off), a clerk who was less than interested in helping me find an item, and an impatient person that shoved past because we were following behind an elderly gentleman that was moving slowly when they were in a hurry.

Some people feel like people with Down syndrome don’t contribute anything meaningful to society, but amidst all the Grinches today, she stood apart. And just being her, she gave us an amazing gift. A smile.”

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