As I was checking out of the grocery store today, a woman was sitting nearby, holding a sobbing child. A couple of people inquired if there were anything they could do to help, but the response was a gentle and caring "Thank you, but she's just having a bad day." I assumed the little girl was having a tantrum because mom didn't buy the cookies she wanted, or it was getting to be naptime and the child was having a meltdown. You know -- nothing to be concerned about. Something that all parents cope with.
By the time my groceries were loaded into the car and I'd returned my cart, the sniffling preschooler and the woman were walking out to their car parked next to mine. Turns out the child wanted her mommy! And the woman was assuring her that she'd "see Mommy after she's done working."
We think it's normal and acceptable for mommies to leave their children to go to work. Yes, sometimes it's necessary. But the child's tears should teach us something.