Today I had one of those conversations...
This lady walked up to me and the babies at the market and blurted out "What... do you have two husbands or somethin'? How'd you get a dark one?"
So I explained, "No, of my five kids, two are through adoption and three by birth. The big sister was born from me and this little one was born in Ethiopia."
"Isn't it sad that she can't be with her mother?"
At first blush (and literally the blood rose to my cheeks), I felt irritated that she could say such a thing to me. But, just that fast that feeling went away and I just felt sad for this lady that she was so rude.
I responded, "I agree. I wish that adoption wasn't necessary. I wish every child could stay with their birth mother and father and grow up happy, and healthy, and well-fed in the home of their biological family. But, since that isn't always the case, we're committed to blessing of adoption." (Thanks, Brianna!)
Then, we had a nice chat about her trip to Haiti where she saw a lot of "dark people" and I didn't even BITE her! YEA!
I walked away with a real calm instead of having my heart banging around in my chest. Wow, maybe I'm growing up a little bit!
So, if you ever run across Rude Lady like I did today, remember...
Give peace a chance!