on being judgmental

Terry had this fortune cookie recently: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting their battle too.”

It made me think about how I tend to be judgmental. If I see a young pregnant woman with an infant, I want to say to her, “There are things you can do. Planned Parenthood is just off 10th Street by the CHP office”

But what if her response was this? “We planned this. We wanted to have two close together. It’s really easier on us than having them spread out, and this way they can have a close relationship with each other. We’re stopping after two. That’s it.”

Really, I just don’t know and have no right to judge.

(But it’s soooo hard. And what about the woman who has six kids? All right, Mike, stop it!)