To some, it may seem as though I were being judgmental…probably I was. I am a judgmental person…and slowly it is being stripped from me. I will tell you a story. I used to walk through Target and hear screaming kids and say to myself, “if that were me, I would….blah, blah, blah…” You can fill in the blanks. A while ago, my MIL was diagnosed with lung cancer, so I decided that me and my girls would go see her for a couple of weeks. We did this the next summer also. We flew into Los Angeles and drove 4 hours north to the Central Coast. We stayed for 2 weeks and had a lovely visit. When it was time to go home…we drove 4 hours again back to Los Angeles to fly out the next day. (It was cheaper to fly in/out of L.A.) I needed diapers…enough to get me through a 24 hour period. I drove to Target in Manhattan Beach on a Sunday. Going to Target on a Sunday in Manhattan Beach is like going to church on Sunday in the South. Not. kidding. Everyone is there! So I’m standing in line at the check out and my oldest (then 4) asks if she can have a Hello Kitty jewelry box that is so conveniently located at her eye level…right at the check out. I said, “no, not this time.” She starts to cry profusely…hyperventillating. I’m holding my baby…trying to help my oldest. Now, I CAN’T give it to her, because she’s crying and we don’t cry to get our way. Everyone in the store is staring at me. I just want to announce to everyone that…we just drove 4 hours from seeing her grandparents…she hasn’t seen her father in 2 weeks…she’s hungry, tired and so am I. It wasn’t about the Hello Kitty jewelry box. You just don’t…really…know what’s going on. There are always 2 sides to every story. Many times I’ve judged a situation because I thought I was right. For many year’s I thought I knew the right way about everything, that I had the corner market on how to do it. I don’t. I’m being stripped of that…thank God! He does have a way of speaking…I just have to listen.
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