It’s not always easy for parents to come to terms with the fact that their kids have grown up. I’m in my forties, and my mother still checks to make sure I’m eating and sleeping enough. When I visit their home and go out for dinner with my wife, my parents wait up until we get home. Did I mention I’m in my forties?
I’m not alone. Parents never stop being parents, especially during a crisis like COVID-19, and even when it’s the kids who are doing some of the care-taking.
Just ask radio personality Sarah Kanowski, who had been trying to persuade her parents to let her do some grocery shopping for them, so they wouldn’t put themselves at risk for the virus by venturing out into the world. Eventually, they allowed it, but not without trying to make things easy for Sarah.
Her dad drew her a map of the store, so she could locate all the items they needed. She’s 44 years old.
She didn’t take it personally, and instead shared the map her father drew on Twitter:
I’ve finally convinced my parents to let me get their fruit & vege & my dad has now sent me this floor plan of the shop. Clearly I’m 44 & a total moron 🙂 pic.twitter.com/l1YslJ1JtV
— Sarah Kanowski (@SarahKanowski) April 4, 2020
Not only did he label where the different foods are located, he included helpful arrows to help her navigate the aisles! Regardless, it was a sweet gesture, even if a tad condescending in it’s an attempt to be helpful. Again, Sarah is 44.
She’s been grocery shopping before, which makes the map unnecessary for at least three reasons:
1) most grocery stores weren’t laid out pretty much the same way, 2) she would obviously able to find where things are even if stores weren’t all laid out the same way, and 3) she would understand the flow of traffic within the store.
Obviously, Twitter loved the well-meaning map, rewarding Sarah’s tweet with nearly 125,000 likes and over 12,000 retweets.
Because everyone has parents.