A single mother fearing judgement for taking her five-year-old daughter shopping with her during the coronavirus pandemic has come up with a creative solution to avoid criticism from strangers.
In an attempt to make people aware of her reasons for taking her daughter shopping, MaryAnn Fausey Resendez shared a photo of her daughter with a sign on her back explaining her situation to strangers.
“I am only five,” the sign reads. “I can’t stay home alone so I have to buy groceries with mommy… Before you start judging stay back 6 feet.”
In the post on Facebook on April 9, the Texas mother explained that she felt people would judge her for bringing her daughter outside the house during the pandemic and might criticise her on social media.
“The sign I made her wear cuz I just know some dumba** will take a picture & talk s**t on social media not knowing all the facts,’” the tattoo artist wrote.
Many supermarkets across the country are implementing measures that limit how many people from one household should be shopping at one time.
The image also showed the five-year-old wearing a protective mask that had been tightened to fit around her face properly with a piece of material, according to Ms Resendez.
The post has been shared over 43,500 times as of Friday, and many parents are sympathising with the single mother’s dilemma.
“I have to do this with my 6-year-old son. I’m glad I’m not alone. It had momma feeling really really bad!” one commenter wrote
“No judgment! I am a mother and understand! 100% Support you”, another said.
In another post, Ms Resendez outlined the 14 step routine she undertakes when they both leave the house.
The steps involved wiping down the shopping cart and sterilising items bought from the store.
Ms Resendez also wrote that the pair “limit contact with others and only touch what you need to.”