I prayed for this child and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. I Samuel 1:27

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Lady at Wal-Mart

I've been waiting for that day when a complete stranger (or maybe an acquaintance) makes a rude, or uninformed comment to me about Alex. I'm prepared. I've been working on my responses, I've read what others have had to deal with, Jay and I have discussed what our reactions will be.

I don't think I've gotten any comments yet since, at this time, Alex is so light complected.

So - yesterday I was at Wal-Mart. (Ok - some of you think it's very red-neck to be at Wal-Mart. It's not my favorite place, but it's the closest for me. If I need to go pick up a few things I can drive 5 minutes to Wal-Mart of 20 minutes to Target) I was looking at the children's clothes. This lady just starts talking to me. Not polite small talk that two strangers looking at the same kid's clothes might exchange, but chatting with me like she was my best friend.

Now - I'm a very outgoing person and have yet to meet a stranger - but she was kind of freaking me out. Of course she started commenting on Alex and how cute he is. (but of course she did, since he's the cutest kid EVER!) She then proceeded to tell me all about her grandchildren (four boys and a girl).

I was just waiting. I was for sure that she was going to be the one - she was going to ask me something inappropriate.....I was ready!!!

As she was telling me more about her wonderful new granddaughter, she said, "My daughter and son-in-law adopted her from Guatemala." (with a twinkle in her eye) I must have had a pretty shocked look on my face - and told her that Alex was adopted from Guatemala also. She smiled and said, "I thought so - but didn't want to come out and ask." She then proceeded to show me pictures of her granddaughter (who, by the way, is really cute). She and Alex are about 2 weeks apart in age and they came home within two weeks of each other.

So - I guess I learned my lesson today - not all annoying women in Wal-Mart are inappropriate!


The Trace said...

What a nice story! It kind of warms your heart. It's horrible to think that there are people who will make nasty comments. I hope that all future interactions are just as nice :-).

Mackenzie's Forever Family said...

That's a great story. It seems that more and more I hear about Guatemalan adoptions. I'm glad to know that there are so many people adopting from this great country.