Editor’s note: I don’t know of Ms. Thompson is officially Quiverfull but this is a prime example of toxic thinking about interacting with the opposite sex that is pervasive throughout Quiverfull, Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christianity. Apparently their marriages are as weak and anemic as their faith. It all starts when she calls her husband at work when he’s in the middle of a BIG PROJECT!
I didn’t take it personally. He wasn’t in a rush to get off the phone because I was the one who had called him. He was in a rush to get off the phone because he was in the middle of doing something else. So, I went on with the rest of my day and didn’t think much of it… until the guy in the store said something that changed my marriage forever.
“I hope your day gets better.”
We had already walked past him, but from over my shoulder this strange man’s words hit me all at once. I looked back and was met with the kind smile of a nice looking guy about my age. I had taken my kids clothing shopping, and I wasn’t doing a very good job of hiding how exhausted I felt apparently.
“How stressed must I look today,” I thought as I walked toward the checkout. “Who was that guy? And how long had he been watching me?”
His comment sounds creepy. But in that moment… it didn’t feel creepy. It felt… thoughtful. Like someone had noticed me in the middle of my day. It felt like someone actually saw the mom and not just her mess of kids and life.
It wasn’t until I had loaded the kids into the car and started our forty minute drive home that I had a chance to think about what had taken place in the store.
Stay tuned for the next part where it gets strange and creepy~
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