I stood in line at the pharmacy counter with my two boys and largely pregnant belly. I noticed my 7 year old looked a little pale but he stood in line with me patiently waiting and quiet. I silently prayed they’d have our prescription ready when I got to the counter so we could finally head home.
Suddenly my oldest son sat down on the linoleum floor and then laid down flat on his back.
“Chad, are you okay?”
He shook his head no.
I panicked and looked from the cart back to my boy and wondered how I could get him into the basket of the cart to get out of the store.
“Is everything okay?” the pharmacist stuck her head out over the counter to see what was going on.
The woman behind me stepped over my son and up to the counter.
“He’s just throwing a fit because she told him no.” She handed her prescription to the pharmacist.
“He is not throwing a fit,” I squared my shoulders. “We don’t know if he has been having seizures or just fainting the past few days.” I turned back to my son and hoisted him into the cart with much effort. No one offered their help.
Obviously, this woman was wrong with her assumption and I never have understood where she got her idea because neither of my boys had made so much as a peep while we stood in line and my son wasn’t making a sound at all while he lay on the floor with his eyes glassy.
How many times do we make assumptions about another person’s life because we think we’ve witnessed something? If we don’t truly know what is going on and we speak about it to anyone else, we are spreading gossip and lies.
I’m thankful that my son wasn’t having a medical emergency since this woman so easily dismissed the situation to the pharmacist. As it turned out, he was a fainter and 7 years later seems to have completely grown out of it almost unscathed. He did suffer one bad concussion during those years. He would just suddenly pass out. It was scary, even after we knew what was going on with him.
The next time you see a situation that baffles you and you find yourself ready to make a snap judgment, ask if everything is okay like the pharmacist did. Or ask if there is something you can do to help. You never know when someone’s really struggling and all they need is an ounce of kindness to calm their day, even if it means stepping out of line at the pharmacy.
Have you ever dealt with a situation like this? How did you react?