This photo has nothing to do with the post, but it
sure looks pretty!
Have you ever walked away from a situation and wished that you'd said or done something. I think we all do it. Sometimes it's a passing thought that you wish you'd shared, but it can often be something more intense. I've often regretted not saying something more brilliant. Sometimes I wish I'd been braver.
I was at a vocal competition with one of my older daughters when I was approached by one of the other parents. He singled me out as someone to talk to when he saw a tote bag that my daughter was carrying that had the name of her well known music school. I had been talking to another father when the man asked about the tote bag and started a conversation. When he found out that I home school my kids, he began to bash public schools. I felt terrible knowing that the other father I had been talking to has his child in public school. He must have felt horrible when he heard that comment. And guess what I did? Absolutely nothing!
I kicked myself, figuratively speaking, when I got home. How I wished that I had spoken up and told him that I knew some wonderful kids in all types of schools! I'm far from shy and this would not have been a stretch for me to speak up. I was bummed for the next day knowing that I had not stood up for the other parent and even pointed out what a lovely daughter he had. I then wondered what the other dad had thought of me. I eventually had to just let it go. I can sometimes drive myself crazy trying to second guess situations!
Yesterday I ran into the parent who could have been offended. I told him how bad I felt when the comment was made. I basically told him just what I told you. He was with his lovely daughter and his wife when I ran into them. All of them reacted so warmly and I felt so incredible just knowing that I had been able to make things right.
Thanks for listening!