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Olivia Wilde’s Tweet About Her Toddler’s Meltdown & the Strangers Who Came to Her Rescue is Going Viral

Being a mom is hard work, especially when you have a screaming child on your hands. Thankfully, there’s still some kindness in the world. Actress and director Olivia Wilde tweeted how kind strangers helped her during a toddler meltdown, and the thread is going viral. It looks like the rest of Twitter is just as starved for some good news as we are — and the reminder that the kindness of strangers does in fact exist was exactly what we needed.

Wilde got candid on her Twitter account yesterday, sharing how her 5-year-old son Otis was in the midst of a “level 10, defcon 1, couldn’t-control-his-body meltdown at a restaurant.” It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, more the result of hunger and being overwhelmed by the day, but it was bad. Wilde herself was equally overwhelmed by the situation: “It was chaos,” she writes. “The place was packed and we were very much on display. I was in way over my head. I stayed calm but I was kind of crumbling inside.” (A feeling we can all relate to.)

But then, things got good: “In the midst of the madness, 2 strangers, a young man and woman, approached and asked if they could help,” Wilde writes. They then proceeded to help her with her bags, put her 2-year-old daughter Daisy into a car seat, and reassure her that “we all have days like this” as Wilde apologized.


The actress was deeply moved by their help, and was inspired to share this act of kindness far and wide. “Their generosity profoundly effected my (and my kids’) reality that day,” she wrote on Twitter. “I can’t wait to do this for someone else. Humans are good. We can’t forget that.” And there you have it: a little blast of positivity to brighten your week. When Wilde does pay it forward, we hope the person she helps out tweets it too — let’s keep this feel-good Twitter feed going!

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