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This story just warmed our hearts! Thank you so much Kisses From Boys with Krista Ward for sharing your #CrackerBarrelMoment with us.I didn’t want to cry at Cracker Barrel.
I could feel the tears welling.
I could feel my nose starting to burn.
But I held it together.
Because I didn’t want to be the crazy lady crying at breakfast.
You see, my husband had taken a rare morning off from work, so we figured we’d make it fun and exciting for the boys by doing something we don’t normally do.
We piled in the car, made our way to good ol’ Cracker Barrel, and plopped down at a table surrounded by plenty of other diners.
Which always makes me sweat a little.
Like maybe, just maybe, if there are tons of other kids, the noise and rambunctiousness of the gaggle of said little people will melt together and everyone will look at each other with a knowing eye and give that whole parent nod and everything will be fine.
But such was not our luck today.
Anyway, within about five seconds’ time, my youngest was attempting to draw his masterpiece on the regular menu instead of the kid menu, so I promptly removed it from his space at the table.
And it was on.
Like Donkey Kong.
Here came the screams.
Here came the flails.
Here came the trying to climb out of the high chair.
And we’re working on it, all these big emotions.
We’re talking about how to use words and not escalate so quickly and all that good stuff.
But at not quite two, it hasn’t hit home just yet.
So, I did what any uncomfortable, uncertain, red-faced parent would do.
I swooped him up from his chair, took him out to the little store, and waited for him to calm down enough to return to our table.
And I was frustrated, if I’m being completely honest.
All we wanted was to have a special, lovely morning with the boys, and it was already a disaster. We hadn’t even ordered our drinks yet.
But I held him.
I snuggled him in my arms as we walked around that little store.
I passed other shoppers as we strolled about and probably gave a half-smile, my well-perfected “I’m tired and just wanted to have a good time with my family but that’s clearly not going to happen” face.
And that’s when it happened.
As I half-smiled at another passerby, she stopped beside me and rested her hand on my shoulder.
She looked me in the eyes and said, “You have a beautiful boy. And you’re doing a wonderful job, Mama. I know that it can be tough, but you’re doing a really great job.”
I was honestly in complete and utter shock, so all I was able to manage was a lame, “Thanks.”
If I could go back in time, I would hug her for far too long.
Maybe even ugly cry on her shoulder.
I was in a bit of a daze as I headed back to our table, still in a hazy euphoria from the words of encouragement of that kind passerby.
And that’s when it happened—again.
Not three minutes later, following yet another, milder meltdown, a man who’d been sitting nearby approached our table.
“Thank you so much for sharing your family with us.”
My husband and I both chuckled and apologized for the noise and commotion.
“No, I meant it! We have four, so I know how it is. But thank you for coming out and enjoying breakfast and sharing your beautiful family with the rest of us.”
I nearly broke down.
There I was, feeling completely inadequate, like a total failure of a mom seeing as I couldn’t even get my child to sit at a restaurant table for a half-hour so that we could eat some pancakes and be on our way, fully expecting complete judgment and condemnation from those around us.
Instead, I was met with love.
Pure, unsolicited kindness.
And it just reminded me that there is goodness in this world.
It reminded me that for all the people tearing others down, there are plenty going out of their way to lift others up.
It reminded me that, when I see that Mama or that family, I can say something, too.
I can be the one to offer love, grace, compassion, and kindness.
Because our words hold so much power.
They really do.
So to that man and woman who were undoubtedly meant to be at Cracker Barrel at the exact same time as my hot mess of a family: thank you.
Thank you for taking the time to say something.
Thank you for going out of your way to be kind.
Thank you for using your words for good.
You’ve given me hope.
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My grandchildren love Cracker Barrel.
Kids will be kids..they are imperfect unpredictable and at times a little crazy...if you have ever been a parent you know this.
I remember those days... trying to keep them happy until the food comes, then trying to eat fast so you’d be done when they were done. I love that Cracker Barrel is a place for families and that little ones can be themselves there ❤️
Hang in there parents it’s a beautiful time in your lives and we all miss it when it’s gone. ♥️
There are still good souls in this crazy world. What a blessing you have received.
I have to always say my favorite place to eat an all my family an friends know that.
Best Place Ever!❤️❤️
Thank you for sharing that wonderful story!
1 day ago
How are you celebrating summer? Ben and Erin Napier are having a picnic and taking our Southern Fried Chicken Picnic Boxes to-go...think they’ll have enough? #CrackerBarrelCraving ... See MoreSee Less
I'm celebrating my new job at Cracker Barrel. Excited to get started. 🤗
😡Cartersville store sucks! Got seated 4:35 and left 5:05, never even acknowledged or asked what I wanted to drink! Sad, I use to eat here several times a week! Grrrrr now home to cook my own dinner!
Love Cracker Barrel!!!
I said it before an i'll say it now, Cracker Barrel is my all time favorite resturant we took home a whole apple pie yesterday, they don't always have a whole pie on hand, It is the best and the price is right also.
Rainbow Kathleen Garcia we made it!!!
Thanks Cracker Barrel. You have texted me before. I ate at your stores in LaGrange and Louisville Kentucky. I now live up here on the Coast of Maine. The closest store is in Saco Maine hundreds of miles away😢 I sure wish your business. Wish I could have some of your food Especially your Fried Chicken. Thanks for listening , Send me some fried chicken mashed potatoes gréen beans and fresh Apple Pie. Thanks again for reading this and. God Bless. Sincerely, Kathy Reynolds. Jonesport Maine. 😊
had that fried chicken yesterday, real gooooood
Had a not so great experience at Cracker Barrel in Kissimmee. The manager was very nice And gave us a discount and asked us to not let it reflect negatively on the store. Went back a week later and the experience was even worse. No strawberry jelly, no lemons, no chicken drumsticks, and something else they were out of too. At some point management needs to turn their finger around and self reflect. Consistency!!! Where is it?
Michael May Emily Dance Emily Haley Brandy Aguillon Tedric Haley Matthew May Jamie May loook it’s me!!!
Love Erin and Ben, love Cracker Barrel!
Love every Cracker Barrel 💕💕and love their show !! They are a great couple
Rachael Ann Blackburn Kimberly Wallace look its me in the commercial with rainbow
Stephen Barone; Roadtrip!! (Milford, CT is the closest) 🍗🍗
I love the picnic basket❤
Haven't tried it yet. I am still begging for the chicken and rice to return to CB!
The best Fried Chicken!!
You got to get a Cracker Barrel in San Fernando Valley I really love their food and their gift shop totally awesome
Just love my Cracker Barrel!
We stopped at the Cracker Barrel this past week in Hattiesburg, MS just down the road from Ben and Erin. We had the new fried chicken as well. So so good! Please keep this on your menu.
Jean and I had the Grandma special this morning. The dining experience was great!🥞☕
Cracker Barrel is one of my faves... one of the few places my little picky eater will eat!
Worked my shift Sunday, got chicken dinner to take home! It was amazing
Love the Truck!!
That's a great idea. I think I'll pick up a picnic box for our next movie night.
Love these two!! ♥️
4 days ago
Chickenisms nourish the mind. New Southern Fried Chicken nourishes the soul. Stop by and see for yourself. Check out more of our chickenisms at spr.ly/6182ElMZO. #CrackerBarrelCraving
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Going today❣ Love Cracker Barrel❤
Just saying- the new commercial for Fried Chicken shows hands without “protection”.
No! Lemon has NO place in my sweet tea. I'll take the fried chicken, tho.
Ok. Ok. You got fried chicken !
Love Cracker Barrel!
Open a location in tonkawa Oklahoma.! 👍🏻
💛🙂💛 Love CB
LOVE the fried chicken!
Just love my Cracker Barrel!
It is sooo good! Best fried chicken I've eaten in a while.
Horrible service.we went yesterday.I called it in for togo two grandma samplers .they forgot an egg on one .forgot a bacon and hash brown casserole.ordered two whole milks .they gave us 2% .worst service ever.
Yum good place to chow
No lemon in my tea and bring back chicken and rice. Fried is good too though.
I love the food but EVERY time I order a to go I have to wait about 30 min the store
When do we get one in the Silicon Valley?
I love the Sunday Chicken dinner.. Winner, winner chicken dinner! Yum!!