Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Faux Pah

Today I visited a wonderful woman I'd never met before. Naturally, I wanted to get to know her better. She and a friend I was with were talking about how this woman had hired a Private Investigator.

I don't know why I had to ask about the situation; I enjoy awkward and embarrassing situations, apparently.

She told me her 20 year old daughter has been missing since January and there hasn't been any progress in the case. I was quite taken aback by this but she was good about explaining it to me.

I continued to ask her about her family. I'm not sure what happened that brought us to the next topic. I wish I could review the conversation a little better in my head. She mentioned she had a daughter die at 12 years old.

I was completely shocked, reacted as such and in return, the woman started to cry.

I made this woman cry!

I felt awful. I immediately went and hugged her as tight as I could (not even thinking about the fact that some people just aren't huggers and are uncomfortable in those situations; luckily, she was good about it). But I never could recover from that and was way to afraid to ask about anything else that may or may not have happened in her life. She was so sweet and forgiving of the situation and I could almost see her inner strength taking over as she tried to stop her tears.

So this taught me that just because I can talk about Gus whenever he comes up in public situations does not mean all people are like that. I obviously don't understand that concept yet. Not everyone is comfortable sharing their feelings with anyone who will listen, like I do.

Lesson learned. Guard up.

3 comments:

Tina said...

That would have been so hard... sounds like you (and she) handled it good, tho.... You'll probably end up as really good friends over it. Don't beat yourself up!!
xox

Devin and Chelsey said...

I am so glad that you can now talk about Gus in public with our crying. that just shows you how well you are doing! 2 thumbs up!

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