I have had the desire to post something all day but I didn't know what to talk about. This afternoon I witnessed someone else's heartache and here I am.
There was no joy for me in the young woman's pain. I wanted to put my hand on her shoulder and tell her This Too Shall Pass. I didn't though.
I had to stop at the ob/gyn to pick up a prescription. When I pulled in, I noticed a young man outside. By the time I had gotten out of the car and was halfway to the door, the young woman came out. As I got closer I could hear the woman crying, saying, "You're the father. I can't believe you're not going to do this with me."
I don't know if she was upset because he wasn't going in to the appointment or if he was telling her he wanted no part of her and her baby's lives but I didn't stick around to find out.
While I was waiting, she returned to the office, alone, and sat down trying to control her tears. As much as I wanted to offer her some support, I didn't want to intrude on something so personal.
Like I said, I took no joy in her pain. But, in truth, it put my situation in a new perspective. Okay, so I'm not part of a relationship anymore but I'm not single and pregnant, I have family, friends and a job, albeit not a great paying one, but a job nonetheless, and there is love in my life.
A baby is something that should be enjoyed. I can't imagine having to face that situation with a jerk, like this guy seemed to be, or alone. Women do it all the time and I give them kudos but I wouldn't want to do it that way. I hope this young woman finds some peace. My thoughts are going to be with her and I'm going to try to remember that as bad as I think things are in my life, they could always be worse.