My son in spiderman costume photo

To The Man In The Hardware Store

To the man in the hardware store:

You might remember my son. He was wearing a Spiderman costume while shopping with his father.

My son wearing a Spiderman costume

Y’all spoke briefly there, and when my son came home, a grin ran over to me and the words tumbled over and out: MAMA! A man said that I had the best Spiderman costume and I would win first prize!

Now, there was no costume competition, but his joy was palpable for the rest of the day.

My son smiling

Thank you for reminding me how taking a moment to say a kind word can make a difference in person’s life.

Thank you for taking the time to keep the light on in my son’s eyes.

Spiderman’s mom

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

24 thoughts to “To The Man In The Hardware Store”

  1. Sometimes, the kindness of others is surprising.
    How I wish that wasn’t so.
    So happy that the light still shines in your son’s eyes.
    (Could he BE any cuter?)

  2. What that man doesn’t know is how he just infected an entire community of blog readers with his positive words. 🙂 I love it and I love your son’s massive grin.

  3. That’s so sweet of hardware store man to say that and so sweet of you to thank him for making your son’s day! That is one great spidey costume!

    Thanks Alex, for leaving me a comment on my guest post over at JDaniel4’s Mom. Really appreciate it! 🙂

  4. I’ve learned that trick myself. I always try to tell little kids in fun clothes that they look awesome. I have yet to have a parent try to whack me for it.

  5. LOVE that!!! I try to be mindful of how I look to people when I’m out in public. It’s easy to get that ‘I’m pissed off because I’m at Walmart” face on and not realize how it rubs off on other people. So I always try to smile, or make pleasant comments.

    Unless I’m at Walmart. That place is the devil.

  6. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make it so grand. And that man probably went home to his family tonight having no idea the impact he had on a little boy’s day, and yours.

  7. Thats awesome. The guy at the store probably didnt think anything of it. Just doing his job. Its the small things in life that count the most i believe. Now he probably doesnt want to take the costume off till after halloween.

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