Moms everywhere understand the feeling. The kids are out of control or the babies are fussy. And when children start acting out in public, mom just wishes they’d be quiet. Usually strangers look at moms with anger or disdain when their kids are misbehaving. But really all mom needs is someone to show her some compassion or maybe offer a helping hand. A Georgia mother was overwhelmed when her kids were not following her at the grocery store. Then a familiar face appeared and offered her the help she needed to make it through the stress. Robin McFadden from John’s Creek, Georgia, was waiting in the checkout line at her Publix grocery store when her three sons started to grow impatient and fuss. She just wanted them to cool down and relax. But that was the last thing they were planning to do.
McFadden remembers the moment clearly because an unexpected hero appeared to help her get through the ordeal.
“I was coming from my son’s basketball game with my three sons and decided to go coupling at Publix in John’s Creek,” McFadden said to WAGA. “I was at the register and between me worrying about my items and the kids fussing, I didn’t even know that Jeff Foxworthy was standing behind me.”
Jeff Foxworthy is the famous stand up comedian and actor from Atlanta, Georgia. He is a much-loved face in Georgia.
Because her kids had distracted her, she realized that she hadn’t brought enough money to the grocery store. Her bill was about $25 over what she had in her pocket. And as she searched for more money on her person and tried to figure out which items she didn’t really need, the people behind her grew visibly impatient. They started expressing their discontent. But not Jeff Foxworthy.
“My total was off from what I calculated,” she told CBS News. “I tried to calm down the kids when I heard someone ask, ‘How much is she short?’”
That’s when McFadden turned around and saw him. Jeff Foxworthy, the man she loved for his comedy, was standing behind her in all his glory. He scooted up to the register and took control of the situation.
“He laughed, walked around me, put his card in the machine and said, ‘watch this.’ I told him that he was going to make me cry, gave him a hug, thanked him and took the photo!”
McFadden was so happy that Foxworthy willingly posed for the photo with her. The mom had been at her wits’ end and was just glad to have someone step out of their way to help her in her moment of need.
“He was such a great guy and I was so happy and lucky to have met him.”
McFadden had given to a friend in need last week and felt that Foxworthy’s generosity was just “good karma” coming back to her.
“I was elated. I had never been that close to a celebrity.”
After the delightful encounter, the mother shared the photo of her and Foxworthy on Facebook. Her story has gone viral.