Supermarket shopping with small children is used as a method of torture in some autocratic states.
OK. Not really. But it would be damn effective. (A limited budget, a limited time-frame and row upon row of brightly coloured packaging positioned right at four-year-old eye level would be enough to break even the strongest will. Through in dozens of judgemental spectators, and… SNAP.)
British mother, Zoe Langer, knows this torture all too well. But in the midst of a recent – and particularly difficult – supermarket experience, a complete stranger managed to ease her suffering.
The Manchester woman was wrangling her daughter at her local Sainsbury’s supermarket when a woman approached her clutching a note.
“You’re doing a wonderful job,” it read. “Wine aisle is 23.”
It was signed, simply, “From one mother to another.”