Woman Accused Of Spoiling Baby Has The Best Response On Facebook

Raise your hand if you’ve ever received unsolicited advice or been the one to give it to someone else.

While out shopping with her baby, Kelly Dirkes was confronted by a stranger who decided to comment on Dirkes’ parenting skills.

The woman at the store lectured Kelly on how her daughter would never be independent if she kept “spoiling” her. While some parents may have told this stranger to mind her own business, Dirkes took another route.

She wrote an open letter to the woman on Facebook titled, “Dear Woman in Target,” and here are a few excerpts:

I’ve heard it before, you know. That I “spoil that baby”. You were convinced that she’d never learn to be “independent”. I smiled at you, kissed her head, and continued my shopping.

If you only knew what I know…

If you only knew what her face looked like the moment her orphanage caregiver handed her to me to cradle for the very first time—fleeting moments of serenity commingled with sheer terror. No one had ever held her that way before, and she had no idea what she was supposed to do.

Dirkes goes on to describes how her baby wouldn’t cry after waking up because she was used to no one responding. Before coming to Dirkes’ family she would also rock herself and bang her head on her crib rails for “sensory input and comfort.”

The letter continues to let the woman at Target know that Grace is indeed independent.

If you only knew that that baby in the carrier is heartbreakingly “independent” –and how we will spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years trying to override the part of her brain that screams “trauma” and “not safe.”

It is the end of the letter that really speaks to the spoiling comment.

“Spoiling that baby” is the most important job I will ever have, and it is a privilege. I will carry her for a little while longer–or as long as she’ll let me–because she is learning that she is safe. That she belongs. That she is loved.

As Dirkes said, “If you only knew.” The next time we are tempted to judge another’s style of parenting or approach to a situation, maybe we can think of Dirkes’ letter and refrain. We never know what someone else is going through and what our words will mean to them.

[h/t Little Things]

Target Worker Details His First Week As A Cashier, And It’s Downright Hilarious

In my experience, interacting with people can be pleasant or downright awful. There’s really no middle ground. So, I honestly believe that only the bravest souls could ever work somewhere like Target.

This viral account of a cashier’s first week at Target is proving me right. While some interactions were positive, some were not so great. And all in all, you have to be ready to face whatever the day brings you. So, before ever applying to work at this store, make sure you’re up for the task.

This worker gave out stickers to toddlers and was also told of an incident where someone had pooped in the baby supplies aisle. And according to the post, it was likely not a child. Does this jobs have its ups and downs or what?

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The cashier interacted with moms buying bras for their super-embarrassed 16-year-olds and 80-year old women. There was even one woman who couponed her way from a $220 bill to a $55 bill. Impressive.

Oh yeah, and did I mention that all of that happened on the first day? Read more of the accounts below.

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And if you just can’t get enough of these wacky stories, keep checking out Kimpossibooty’s Tumblr page or view the accounts on Imgur to read about the entire week. There are plenty more tales of delight and terror where these came from. All in a day’s work, when you work at Target, I suppose.

[h/t: Refinery29]