So, we’re going to do something a little different this week. I have worked in customer service fore about 3 years now, and I thought it might be fun to share some of those stories with you from time to time. This week is the tale of the Elderly man.
I’ve had a few awkward experiences with grandpa-aged men. Now, you might think that when these men reach grandpa-age, life would have taught them something about wisdom and discretion, but that is not always the case. Sometimes senility starts to set in and they forget everything they’ve ever learned about talking to people, particularly young ladies.
I work as a hostess, so you might think that not much can happen in the short walk from the lobby to the table. Again, I’m here to say, that’s not always the case. I have had several old men pinch my cheeks, like I’m their granddaughter, or take hold of my arm as I walk them to the table, and other such things that cause mild discomfort, especially since I am someone that does not like to be touched. But sometimes the things that these men say, are so much worse than them touching me. There is one particular instance I will never forget.
There was a party of four, two couples, all grandparent-aged people. And as I walked them back to the table one of the men kept making uncomfortable comments about how small my waist was. I merely ignored it, and tried to get them to their table as quickly as possible (which was difficult since they walked rather slowly). Nonetheless, I finally got them to their table, when, as I am setting the menus down, this man turns to a woman, who I assume was his wife, and says to her, “Remember when you were as small as that?” Regardless of whether or not this woman was his wife, what a terrible thing to say to her?!
People are so much more than the shape of their bodies. Everyone is made differently, and everybody is made to look different (men and women a like). God designed each human form uniquely, so that every person on this planet can reflect Him in a special way. His desire is not to to have a world of tiny women, and buff men. His desire is to have a world of healthy people, of all shapes and sizes, who steward their bodies well. I believe we ought to encourage one another to care for our bodies well: to sleep enough and to eat our fruits and vegetables.
So I have a proposition: together, let’s practice viewing ourselves and all the people around as as beautiful parts of God’s creation, and in that let’s remember the call to be good stewards.
Thanks for Reading! Until Next Time, Stay Out of Trouble.
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