I am almost thirty-seven weeks pregnant with my second child. I’ve only gained about twenty-five lbs and I’m still very active with volunteer projects at my church and other organizations. I admit to an ungainly waddle… but what pregnant woman doesn’t waddle? However, I don’t lay around and let it keep me down.
I recently finished teaching at a week long Bible study at my church. A gentleman (using the term loosely) there is known for being a good person but spectacularly rude and obnoxious in his comments to others. I feel that this one took the proverbial cake.
Passing him the hallway I made the typical, polite banter about it being a long week, etc. This man calls me back with a, “Hey, c’mere… somebody was saying that instead of building a prop airplane (for the Bible study theme) that you coulda been the blimp!” He then looks at me expectantly, I suppose waiting for guffaws of laughter.
Instead, he got a derisive look and a dry, “Wow, that wasn’t nice.” I just walked away.
This was not the first rude or ugly comment he’s made to me or others but this was the first comment about my physical person.
I guess I just wanted to share as a caveat to others… pregnancy does not give you the right to comment on a woman’s body (or to touch it, but that’s another story altogether!). We know we are round and ungainly but we are excited to be pregnant with a beloved child and if you can’t say something nice, then keep your mouth shut.