“I had a helping hand, and I needed it at the moment.”
We can see why a Texas woman’s heartfelt post thanking a fellow mom is going viral this week.
It was an ordinary, chaotic Monday for Rebecca Paterson when a quick run to the Target by her Pearland home began to go downhill quickly. As soon as her two-month-old son Aiden began to cry, her two-year-old son did too—only harder. They were in meltdown mode, and Paterson had no choice but to abandon the trip altogether.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Paterson was putting things back on the shelf when a woman approached and offered to help.
The woman was another Pearland mom, Tiffany Jones-Guillory. A stranger, she offered to walk with Paterson and hold Jacob, which she did, for 45 minutes, showing him photos of her own children.
"She walked with me while I got the essentials needed for the day and kept hold of my toddler while he calmed down," Paterson wrote in a private Facebook group for Pearland moms. "She saved me today moms!!! I am so sleep deprived and was running on empty. A little kindness and understanding goes a long way."
KHOU tracked Guillory down, who said she’s touched, and somewhat shocked by the praise she’s received. “I know how it is. I've been there. I have two kids, it's frustrating, and that baby is 2 months,” she said, her voice breaking with emotion. “You have hormones going…and people are looking at you crazy, and I just wanted to help. God sent me there to help her.”
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Paterson told the station that she will never forget Guillory’s act of kindness.
“Kindness and understanding goes a long way, and I think it's true, because I didn't feel judged. I had a helping hand, and I needed it at the moment,” she said.