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This Woman Told Her Kids Their Grandmother Was Dead — Then They Ran Into Her


What would you do if you ran into your mother in a grocery store after 20 years of nearly no contact? What would you do if you had your young kids with you? What would you do if you had already told your kids that your mother — their grandmother — had died? These are all the questions that came up in the most recent viral post on Reddit's "Am I the A-hole?" subreddit.

Purplefish994 started her complicated story with a bit of context. For her husband's birthday, she wanted to cook him some specific dishes, the ingredients of which were not available at her local grocery store. So she took her young kids, a 6-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, to the store in the nearest city because it would have what she needed.

After shopping, while in the checkout line, "an older and somewhat disheveled woman attempts to squeeze between us and the people in front," she wrote. The older woman shouted, "Oh my god," and that's when our storyteller knew that it was her mother. Her mother with whom she has had no contact for almost 20 years.