Recently I read on Facebook about a woman who belittled a child who was overly excited about a bag of apples. The boy was jumping all over the place and very excited. But this woman said to him “What’s wrong with you?” and then, when he did not reply to her, the boy’s mother said he could not talk, she replied “No surprise, he can’t even walk into a store.”
This really annoys me!
How dare you, Woman in the Store, to judge another person you have never met before?
In the Facebook status, the Mom made no mention, wisely, how old her son was or if he is disabled in anyway. All that was stated was the boy was very excited and jumping around over a bag of apples!
I have recently read or seen many examples of people judging others…
- a woman commented on a man’s tattoos.
- A woman on the beach told a friend of mine to stop breastfeeding her son. It is a public beach!
- People saying to themselves as they walk by my wife and I, “He must be drunk…”
- And then there is the Police Story, when someone thought I was drunk with a baby.
My wife –love her so much– has told me that people, wherever I go, make snide comments about my “drunken” walk, or my reading my phone 2 inches from my face, or my ability to trip over a grain of sand.
What gives you, Random People, the right to pass judgement on me? You have No Idea what I am going through!
“Oh he’s drunk!”
“He’s high as a kite in a March breeze!”
“You should wear glasses!”
“Hey, watch out! You almost walked into my kid!”
These are things these Random People probably say, I being Deaf-Blind, am immune to your hurtful and judgemental comments.
But, my son’s are not! They can hear you pass judgement on me!
You, Random People, have no right to pass judgement on another person! Open your eyes and learn. Ask the right questions, “Why is your son so excited about a bag of apples?” is a lot better than asking “What is wrong with you?”. Finding out the story behind the tattoos is better than taking them for face value. Breastfeeding anywhere is a right, and should not be hidden away in bathroom stalls!
I am Deaf-Blind with Ataxia, my life is inimitable! I am freaking unique! I don’t fit any definition of Normalcy found anywhere in any dictionary!
You who pass judgement on me, and the apple-excited boy, should ask not “What’s wrong with you?” but, “What’s wrong with me? Why am I judging this person based on two minutes of observation?”
Thank you for listening!
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