This one made me run the whole gamut of
. . .
One of my very good friends (Beth) was taking an exercise class and had to keep checking her phone when she got texts. Complete Stranger (CS) got nosy:
CS: Hey, why do you keep checking your phone?
Beth: Oh, my son has special needs and the school has to be able to reach me if there's a problem.
CS (even though it was none of her business): What's wrong with him?
Beth (used to the question, even though people should know better) gave a quick rundown of his condition. Basically: it's rare, it's severe, it's degenerative, and it's terminal, and it causes a wide variety of problems. She's got a thirty-second spiel and most people are so stunned by the "terminal" part that they back off. Not CS.
CS gives Beth a wholly unsolicited hug, even though they're both sweaty from exercising and Beth is giving off "why the heck are you trying to touch me" vibes. Then says, "Oh honey, God has a plan for you and your son! Don't worry!"
Beth: (internally) What, is my son DYING part of this great plan? And how would you know? I'm pretty sure you get your own book of the Bible if you're in that direct contact!
(out loud) *pointed silence*
CS (ignoring the obvious uncomfortable silence entirely): But why would the school be calling you?
Beth (wanting to get away from CS but can't because of the format of the class): Sometimes he has problems with his breathing, and they need to let me know if he's has an episode.
CS: Wow, I don't know if I agree with that! Why do they let kids like that go to school, anyway?
Beth told me she walked away before she hauled off and hit the lady . . . I know we don't normally condone violence here on eHell, but I can't say that I would have blamed her