As I was leaving the gym today I was in the middle of buckling the kids in the car (Penny and Michael). Penny was sitting in her carseat waiting for me to finish nursing Michael. I had just finished nursing him and buckled him in. When I got out of the car to walk around and buckle Penny, the lady next to us walked up to her car as I was walking away on the same isle. She smiled and got in her car.
I noticed her looking at me when she went to back up. She stopped for a second and just watched as I buckled Penny in. I pretended not to notice completely, though I shot her a smile. You could see in her eyes the reason for the stare; the reason for her adoring smile. She even had her chin resting in her hand as if daydreaming. It seemed to me that she was remembering when she had little kids to corral and buckle in while she ran around doing errands. From her age they were no doubt grown and out of the house now. It seriously took my breath away and when I drove away a few minutes later it almost brought me to tears. In that brief moment I also saw myself in 25 years looking in awe at someone with their little children remembering today and how amazing it is to be THEIR mom. I love my job. Thank you random lady for noticing us because believe me......I noticed you too.