Being a working mom is hard—as anyone who has ever juggled a job and kids can tell you. What makes it even harder is when you don’t have childcare on a day you’re scheduled to work.
Last month, Starbucks barista Shantaphae Blakes found herself in that predicament.
Little did she know that day would end up teaching her a lot about the power of kindness and the human spirit.
Blakes was scheduled to work on a cold December day when, at 4:30 a.m., she realized she didn’t have childcare for her baby daughter, Dilynn.
She called her supervisor, Harper Spell, crying.
According to TODAY, Spell said, “Don’t worry about it. I need you here. We’ll take care of Dilynn.”
So, Blakes brought her daughter to the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Starbucks where she works. Spell was designated her “second mom” for the day.
Dilynn ended up hanging out at a cafe table near the register, enjoying a snack and watching her mom work.
Still, Blakes was worried about how she’d watch over her daughter during the morning rush. But, as it turns out, she didn’t have to be.
North Carolina State Trooper Brad Marshall, a regular at the Starbucks where Blakes works, soon arrived for his daily cuppa—and jumped right in to help take care of little Dilynn.
“‘Trooper Brad’ came in and he offered to sit with Dilynn while we worked,” Spell told TODAY. “He stayed for over an hour. Never in a million years did I think that (a trooper) would just do that, just stay and hang around and help.”
“It just blew me away. It was wonderful. It shocked me,” Blake said of the kind gesture. “It made me feel so much better. It takes a village to raise a child.”
Spell has since shared the story and several sweet photos on Facebook, where the post racked up almost 2,000 likes.
“Trooper Brad and one of his fellow partners were outstanding in making sure we could still get our job done and even had a little fun with it,” Spell wrote on Facebook. “He even bought her a cup that she had been holding on to all morning. This is what the holidays are all about and it made my heart melt to see this.”
What a heartwarming story—and a great reminder that there is plenty of good in this world.