I was at the store.
And I saw a father and daughter together.
The girl was no more than six years old.
She appeared to be special needs.
She also had hearing aids.
And she was very high functioning.
As well as cute and well mannered.
When I was checking out.
The father and daughter were in the aisle next to me.
And the dad was fussing at her.
I have no idea about what.
Or what he was upset about.
But he was being a bit too loud about it.
So I, and everyone else, couldn’t help but hear him.
I didn’t want to be judgemental.
I am a parent to a special needs child myself.
I know how challenging things can be.
Even the simplest things can be huge ordeals.
But I made a mental note right there.
It doesn’t matter how hard things are.
Or how tired you are.
Or what upsetting thing has happened.
You will without fail.
Look like a total jackass.
If you fuss at your special needs child.
In public or in front of other people.
And it reminded me.
That when I am facing difficult situations.
In public with Bette.
That I need to just take them in stride.
It is always better.
To take a deep breath.
And tone my first reaction down.
And handle things calmly.
Because if I don’t.
I will look like a total jackass.
Which isn’t really fair.
But that is just the way it is.