What do you do when...
I was walking through Cancer Care on my lunch break today when I saw the cutest little girl walking with her mother. She was tiny and had white hair. no joke, it was white. She seemed much older than she looked and definitely had an attitude about her. I smiled and kept walking slowly so that I could watch her waddle towards the door. I believe that she may have been a patient because she didn't look very healthy but she was a doll! (she may have been around 4 but she looked max 2 years)
Her mother kept calling her a brat and was speaking really rudely to her. This made me mad. But what almost did me in was when she called her daughter a fat little sh*t. She continued to say this over and over to her as she made her little girl walk down the long hallway. Finally, the girl started crying (because she had been asking her mother to pick her up for quite a while now) and her mother picked her up and continued swearing at her! I almost lost it! I felt like taking this mother aside, shaking her really hard and yelling, "What the heck do you think you're doing speaking to your daughter like that!" I didn't. Instead I smiled at the little girl, looked disapprovingly at the mother and continued on my way. I felt bad for giving the mother a bad look but it was better than slapping her, I thought.
What do you do in that situation? No matter what you do it seems rude but what is right? Do you tell the mother why she should not be saying those things to her daughter? Do you mind your own business? BLAH! I hate when those situations happen. My heart hurts for the babies but I feel so awkward and I don't know where my place is. I prayed. I know that's right and I know that's my place. Jesus, be with that little girl and her mom. Would they find your love, worth and comfort. Amen.