I was in line at Target the other day and could hear a kid
in COMPLETE meltdown mode.
Kicking, screaming... crying
Mom, trying to finish her tasks had the kid in the cart and was in
the self check out line.
She was doing the "don't give the situation attention, it will only make it worse" technique
The result, was the little girl screaming and kicking in the cart the whole time
while mom and older sister finished their much needed tasks.
I was in a parallel line, choosing to be away from the sounds.
But....while in line I found myself laughing.
Out loud and carefree....
The couple in front of me, the cashier and the lady behind me looked at me for a reason.
I said " I am laughing because I am thankful I do not have to deal with that today.
One less drama for ME, YEAH"
At that everyone agreed and nodded and giggled to themselves.
The woman behind me said,
" When I had my kids, that kind of thing was not allowed"
I said to her " sometimes people have bad days, clearly that little lady is having one. She is learning how to deal with it. I feel for mom, as clearly she is just trying to finish what she came her for..."
The older woman didn't really know how to react...
maybe she wasn't able to grasp the fact that a kid might have a bad day,
and being uneducated on how to deal with the feeling, went strait to tantrum.
I completed my purchase, and left, hearing the crying fade as I left out the front doors.
It felt like I was choosing happy over drama.
But later I wondered...
Was I lacking empathy?
Was I gloating?