“Can you believe all the tattoos on her back? That’s just gross.”
“She’s so thin, but I bet she is a royal b**** (insert expletive).”
“What in the world does her boyfriend see in her? He is so out of her league!”
It was disturbing. These two high school girls giggled and snickered as others walked past them. A few looked their way as if they heard the rude comments, but most didn’t even realize the harsh words spoken over them.
And because they were in ear shot of me as I sat watching my kids in the wave pool, I had a front row seat in their courtroom.
Even more frustrating was that they were sitting with mom who willingly participated in their judgments, and often spoke up first.
~ She laughed with them.
~ Pointed fingers with them.
~ Rolled eyes with them.
~ Shook head in disgust with them.
Didn’t she know better? I wondered if she was more interested in being their friend instead of being their mom? Did it make her feel cool to be included in their conversation? Maybe she was desperate for a connecting point with her daughter, and saw an open door?
I know, I know… sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the trash talk. But we miss a huge teachable moment when we don’t see the bigger picture.