A Lidl anecdote

I witnessed a heartwarming little scene in Lidl this afternoon.

Ahead of me in the queue, having completed a huge Xmas shop, was a man, maybe in his 30s. With him were his very young daughter and son, both commendably well-behaved. The man accidentally dropped a penny from the change the cashier had given him, and while he carried on packing his shopping, his daughter picked up the coin, and dutifully held it up for him, craning her neck upwards.

He was very busy packing and didn’t notice her, but she resolutely kept holding the penny up, for some time. Eventually he saw her, gently took the coin, and thanked her. He and I made eye contact, and smiled. She saw us smiling, and she smiled, too. She then tried to pull the till receipt from the machine, but couldn’t summon the necessary force, so he helped her, and handed her the receipt. It was quite the most moving thing I’ve seen in a long time.

Have a good week.

4 thoughts on “A Lidl anecdote

  1. Then I think of the dads and the children that are not even getting those precious hours.

    What of the fathers who learn from a letter, actually no more than an angle for money and help to move up the housing ladder, after years of no contact, that they are grandfathers, who must assume, from scant evidence gleaned on-line, that their daughters have probably married this year and whose siblings, who never make contact, are on the Facebook friends’ list of their daughters without a courteous word from the former?

    Had I been more self-aware thirty six years ago I would not now know what paternal and grandpaternal alienation is, and the thieving parasite I married might not now be enjoying a more comfortable existence than I, with, I have often been casually informed, easier and more frequent contact with my family than I enjoy.

    If you must marry make sure you have a vasectomy beforehand.

  2. I often take my two young grandsons to soft play, many non resident dads use these play places for contact. My heart bleeds for them, the love they show, the determined efforts for the children to have a good time. The praise they give when the child achieves; The cuddles and the affection that has very limited time. The desperation for the children to enjoy every second. Then I think of the dads and the children that are not even getting those precious hours. The Christmas period is especially difficult. If only we had more grandparents speaking out against alienation it could change the attitudes of family courts and alienators.

  3. This reminds me of how things used to be. Nearly every family used to be like this.Complete and happy. But after decades of mindless feminism,seeing a happy father with two happy kids has become something of a rarity.

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