Florida mom Nikki Pennington wrote a “missed connections” Facebook post that went viral about a mom she wished she’d befriended in Target.
It was in the crayon aisle at a Target in the Tampa Bay area on Sept. 25 around 7 p.m. that Pennington spotted a woman wearing yoga pants similar to hers and carrying a large cup of coffee. She sensed the two had the potential to become good friends.
“I was wearing my mom couture complete with dry shampoo hair, no makeup, yesterday’s t-shirt and yoga pants,” Pennington’s post began. “You were also wearing yoga pants with flip flops and a messy bun. The venti Starbucks in your hand was a dead giveaway that even though you were wearing yoga pants you had in fact not come from the gym. I know because I was doing the exact same thing.”
She wrote that she tried to see the name penned on the woman’s Starbucks cup. “But let’s be honest, at my age I’m on the verge of needing readers to see that far away,” she quipped.
Pennington’s post has 6,000 likes and nearly 2,000 shares on Facebook, largely from moms who said they relate.
“I’ve been getting amazing feedback,” Pennington, 32, wrote to ABC News. “So many fellow moms and women have been saying they actually met a best friend in Target! It’s been so neat to read those stories. I’ve also had women comment that they have a hard time meeting mom friends and this might be an option for them to meet a friend because they are always in Target too!”
She recalled that the “BMFF,” her abbreviation for the potential best mom friend forever, had diapers, soda, wine and chocolate in her cart, which, again, confirmed her suspicions they were, in fact, “meant to be best mom friends.”
Pennington, a mom to three boys, told ABC News she came home after her Target trip and told her husband about the incident.
“He jokingly said I should put an ad out to try and find my future best mom friend from Target,” she said. “Little did he know I would think his joke was a great idea!”
So far, she has no leads on the woman she thinks could be her new BMFF, but she’s still hopeful.
“If I see her again, I will recognize her,” she said of the mystery blonde woman.
Pennington said she hopes at least that her post is helpful to other women, that “it gives them the courage to say ‘hi’ next time, like I should have done, to a future mom friend in Target.”