About a month ago, I came across this blog post about a homeschooling mom getting verbally attacked in a grocery store by someone who didn’t support homeschooling.
At first I was shocked, then I was pissed, and then after a few moments, I calmed down and thought that the way the author handled the situation was probably the best way.
Of course, it’s natural to have the instinct to lash out when you are being attacked—especially, if it’s geared toward your children. Mama Bear rears on her hind legs, and it’s not long before the attacker walks away licking their wounds and in tears.
Yes, I’ve been there.
However, with that said, had the author attacked the stranger in return, it would have done nothing accept cause a scene in front of her children who are looking to her for life lessons on how to behave during conflict. Not to mention, more often than not, when people believe they have the right to impost their opinion on someone else’s life as much as this attacker did, nothing you can say will ever change their minds.
Since when did people become so arrogant? So controlling? And, so judgmental?
“Well, I hear she homeschools her children. Isn’t it such a shame to do something so disgraceful.” Says, the woman who is cheating on her husband. Not that the attacker is a cheater, it was just an example.
We all have skeletons in our closets. We all have things we’ve done that probably aren’t moral or ethical. And yet, more often than not, people always seem to think they can point the finger at someone else’s mistake and judge them for it as thought they, themselves, are perfect. No one is perfect. No one. And, as for judging others? The only one who is allowed that is God.
Not to say homeschooling is wrong. Obviously, I’m not saying that. *smile* My point is mainly because of my shock that someone would be so rude.
Fortunately for me, I have yet to face the situation the author faced. While I have been met with some critical looks from strangers (and even some comments from family), for the most part, my announcement that my kids are homeschooled has been met with enthusiasm and support.
I’ve been blessed.
With that said, though, if I am ever attacked like the author, I hope that I can handle it with as much tact as she showed. She is truly inspiring.