Christina's Edition: A Time Travis Was Bullied in Front of Me
So, this has been simmering in my mind since it happened and I’d like to share with you how the world could do a whole lot less with super negative people that spew hate. Right at the start of Autumn we went on a trip to New England, mainly so I could experience Salem and Plymouth Rock. Travis was super excited that we bought tickets to see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park. We had super great seats, enjoyed a hot dog, I got my historic stamp on Yawkey Way, and the Astros won (Travis is from the Houston area). We even splurged for the parking lot 10 ft from the stadium. The day was great, until we were driving out of the lot.
We got to our rental car and proceed to the long line of cars waiting to make their way into traffic. Just as it was our turn to pull out, a girl in the car directly in front of us sticks her head out the side window (she was probably around 22, old enough to know better) and starts screaming how hipsters should not be allowed to wear glasses. I look around and I don’t see anyone, surely, she wasn’t talking about us. Nothing against hipsters but Trav doesn’t wear skinny jeans or resemble one. It took me a moment but then I realized she was talking about him. Screaming that he didn’t need glasses and that they were fake and demanding he take them off. We rolled our windows up.
This really shouldn’t have bothered me, but…. Does she really think that Travis wears SUPER thick large glasses because he wants to? He has the quintessential coke bottle glasses. They are nice, but they are extremely necessary.
What I wanted to say to her was that these glasses are the result of typhoid, malaria, and a traumatic brain injury. Glasses that are needed because he passed out in Tanzania from a fever that literally boiled his brain, was life flighted to Nairobi, and caused his organs to shut down. Glasses that he is reliant on because a mosquito bit him while he was deep in South Sudan, a country riddled with land mines just waiting to explode, helping the villagers there. Glasses that help this man see because a lady smashed through his car in an SUV and knocked his head so hard that his vision is permanently blurred.
People in this world go around poking their nose into people’s lives without any compassion or sympathy. We have empowered a generation that believes it is perfectly okay to say something to someone so rude and ignorant just because they can.
People were jerks well before this generation, don’t get me wrong, but there happens to be a lot more of this entitlement going around in recent years. People feel they can say whatever they want without regard to feelings, or at the most basic level, respect of another human being.
We simply rolled up the window because it was the right thing to do. But 2 months later and I am still annoyed that someone could be so hateful to my Travis. I happen to think I married a very gentle, kind, loving soul who could never imagine saying anything rude…. I think I could count on one hand the amount of ridiculous things I’ve heard him say in private. I’m not trying to put him on a pedestal, but, when you choose to spew hate, you leave no room to see the good in someone.
I implore anyone reading this to think twice before judging or criticizing someone. People are more than glasses, skinny jeans, and v-neck t-shirts. There is always more to the story than coke bottle glasses and an annoyed wife.
The world could do a whole lot better at empathy and biting of the tongue.
Thanks for listening to me vent for a moment, folks. I hope someone out there found something in it that resonated with you.
I think his glasses are sexy ;)