Photographer Jess Wolfe of Nomadic Imagery was shopping at a grocery store with her four kids recently when she received a heartwarming lesson about the preciousness of everyday family photos.
As she was struggling to complete the errand while hungry and wrangling her children, a stranger offered her some timely words of wisdom. Here’s the story in Wolfe’s own words:
Sweaty, baby strapped to my back, three year old insisting that her belly hurts and NEEDS her donut that she forgot to eat after lunch, 6 year old using everything in sight as a weapon, 7 year old wanting to spend the only dollar he has. This. This was my trip to the grocery today.
While I was bagging up my groceries (thanks Aldi) and trying to quietly keep from losing my ever loving sh*t, the lady next to me asked if I have one of those phones that takes pictures. Trying not to convey my annoyance to someone else adding to the million questions that make up my day, I replied that, yes I do have one of those fancy phones. She asked to take a picture of me with the kids. At the grocery. Together.
She told me that she wishes she had photos of herself doing every day things with her kids. She validated the fact that a simple grocery trip is hard. She told me that what I do matters. She doesn’t miss what made the days hard, but she misses what made them sweet. I will always cherish this picture and the message that came with it.
After sharing the resulting photo on Facebook, Wolfe’s beautiful moment and story have received 147,000+ likes, 24,000+ shares, and 4,500+ comments.