It's a Saturday afternoon, and the supermarket is crowded. Maria is shopping for groceries with her two children. They are looking for cereal, milk, and bread. Maria is trying to stay calm, but she is starting to get stressed. The children are running around, and she can't find anything.
Suddenly, Maria sees a woman who is crying. The woman is holding a baby, and she looks very upset. Maria goes over to the woman and asks her what is wrong. The woman tells Maria that her baby is sick, and she doesn't know what to do. Maria helps the woman find the baby formula, and she gives her some advice on how to take care of the baby.
The woman is very grateful to Maria, and she tells her that she is a lifesaver. Maria is happy that she could help, and she feels a little less stressed. She finishes her shopping, and she takes her children home.
crowded - filled with a large number of people
groceries - food and household supplies that are bought at a supermarket
calm - not excited or upset
stressed - feeling worried or anxious
run around - move about quickly and excitedly
find - discover or locate something
sick - not well
advice - suggestions or guidance
lifesaver - someone who saves someone else's life
finish - complete or do something
exhausted - very tired
hooked - very interested in something
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