It was a compliment that came out of the blue.
“You’re a hard working lady, you know that?”
The other woman smiled, “Thank you.” she said, before seeming to catch herself.
“It’s not like I have a choice.”
The first woman answered, “Well, I couldn’t do what you do.”
That wasn’t what she was thinking as she walked out the door. What she was really thinking was,
“Yes, you did have a choice. When your husband left, you could have lowered your standards. You could have let go of your house and worked the system, but you didn’t. You kept your standards for you and your kids and you worked for it. That is admirable.”
But sometimes, people don’t say what they really feel. Sometimes maybe they should.