Mom Buys Coffee for Women Who Called Her a Whale Behind Her Back (VIDEO)

You couldn't blame Michigan mom Dianne Hoffmeyer for feeling hurt and angry when she overheard two women standing in line behind her criticizing her "nasty" hair and calling her a whale. But instead of insulting them back, Hoffmeyer bought those women coffee

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"Oh she's a whale, the whale needs to eat." The donut holes Hoffmeyer was buying were for her teething daughter. But those words stung anyway. She had worked hard to lose 177 pounds after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She wanted to lash out, but the presence of her daughter, Lily, stopped her.

"My 2-year-old is a little mini-me and she mimics everything I do," Hoffmeyer told the Times Herald. "I wanted to do the right thing so when she's old enough she'll know the right thing to do."

When Hoffmeyer shared her story on Facebook it went viral. Clearly it resonated with a lot of people. 

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I think we've all been there. Someone has the gall to be rude to you in public. You feel hurt and you're shocked. Your heart starts pounding, the blood rushes to your head, and it feels like a vice is squeezing it as you turn around and yell back at the offender.

No good comes from this encounter. No one learns anything. You both leave angry. Maybe you blew off some steam and feel justified, but mostly you just raised your cortisol levels and will need at least an hour to calm down. I've done this, and I hate that feeling.

But Hoffmeyer found a way out of that trap. She took someone's hatefulness and returned it with kindness, diffusing that negativity and inspiring hundreds of thousands of us to do the same. And she credits her daughter! I admire how mindful she was of the example she's setting her daughter. What a lucky girl.

Hoffmeyer never heard back from those two mean women. Wouldn't we all love to know how they felt when they learned the woman with "nasty" hair with grown-out roots, that "whale" bought their coffees. I hope it checked them and made them feel ashamed of their unnecessary cruelty. Now that the story has gone viral their own actions have been magnified. I hope other people think twice the next time they're tempted to boost their egos by making someone else feel smaller.

More than that, though, I'm inspired by Hoffmeyer's example. I'll think of her the next time someone is rude to me.

 

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