At the end of January I embarked on one of my most ambitious journeys yet — I flew from Charleston, SC to Lafayette, LA by myself with three children under the age of five. Needless to say it was exhausting, but 100% feasible. I looked like a small traveling circus and received many looks of encouragement and pity in the airport, and the one question I kept getting was, “Where are you going?!”
To which I would reply, “It’s my grandmother’s 90th surprise birthday party and I HAVE TO BE THERE.”
Determined to be aware of my words and not to place judgment on others.
It was a harmless comment, but one that I will always remember. Not in anger, but with fondness…because while stereotypes exist, it is an empowering and beautiful thing when you can utterly shatter them.