An idea that’s so foreign until we are finally face-to-face with it.
Walking to our cars, we silently cursed the piled of snow gathered on top of the windshield…
Me: Hey, that’s was really good burger and an amazing chat! Thanks! I feel this is more of a therapy session than anything… food for the belly, workout for the brain I guess. *punched his arm jokingly*
He: Ha… ya… actually, I’ve never told anyone about this other than my mom. Well, she found out by herself… but maybe I can trust you? *stopped wiping off the snow and turned to me*
Me: *Suddenly lost for words* I… am honoured.
He: We had an abortion. It was a long time ago. We were in our early 20s and we weren’t ready. *carefully pronounced each word*
Surprised by this revelation, I just stood there unsure what to say.
He: I know you might judge me with your religious belief, but I feel very safe sharing this with you. *quickly added*
Still speechless, I walked up and squeezed his shoulder lightly.
I can’t imagine the pain.
The internal struggles this couple went through to make this difficult decision.
And what about their own consciousness? Does this keep them up at night from time to time?
How much courage do you need to volunteer this secret?
The truth is we don’t know nearly as much as we think we do.
Open the dialogue.
When we are confronted with our ignorance, we have a chance to change our mind.
Above identity has been altered to protect confidentiality.