One thing that I’m loving right now is that whenever I put a picture up here or on Facebook tons of people come out of the woodwork to exclaim how I’m so pretty or that I’m glowing.
I’m eating this up, People.
And there’s a very good reason I’m eating this up. Because the people in my real world life are not as kind. Not kind at all.
Ok, it’s really just one person. One lady that goes to the Bible study my parents lead on the weekend. Naturally, one would assume that Bible study means she’s a Christian and she’s probably heard of Ephesians 4:29-32…
29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own,guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
And if she’d read that verse it might have stopped her from CALLING ME UGLY.
Oh, yes. She did…
Lady: Do you know what you’re having, yet?
Me: No, we’re only 12 weeks in. We won’t find out for a couple more months.
Lady: Oh. Well, I think you’re having a boy.
This lady happens to be older and Filipino. Older Filipino ladies have all sorts of tricks and old wives’ tales to tell you things about your pregnant self. When I first suspected I was pregnant, before I’d taken a test, my mom asked my grandmother to look at my clavicle. Apparently my grandmother can tell you what’s going on in your uterus by studying your neck and shoulder area. My grandmother then reminded my mom that her ability only worked after the third month. Her other trick was being able to tell me the gender of the baby… next month.
Naturally, I was curious as to how this lady knew I was having a boy so early. I mean, my grandmother wasn’t going to be able to tell me until December and I wanted to know what she’d learned on her island.
Me: Really? How do you know?
Lady: Well, you look very tired. And your face is just… bleh. Everything is just …(she then quits using words and starts making horrible sad clown faces and hunching her shoulders over)
Now let me just say that all of this was happening at my mom’s house. Meaning I was seeing my mom on purpose. Meaning I had purposely done things to try to look pretty. Like shower. And brush my hair. And my teeth. This lady was describing me as “bleh” on one of my GOOD DAYS.
Lady: Yes, if you were having a girl your face would be pretty and bright and… (she quits talking again and starts smiling and tossing her hands around like a fairy to signify the beauty that comes with carrying a girl)
I just kept smiling.
Because who really wants to be arrested for assaulting an old Filipino lady during Bible study?