Words are powerful.
They can be arranged in so many ways. The arrangement can be helpful or hurtful.
When I told people I was pregnant with my fourth child I received many responses. I wrote down several which left a negative impression on me.
*Congratulations, I guess
*Wow, every time I see you, you are pregnant
*You do know how this keeps happening, right?
*Wow, you and your husband need to buy a tv
This baby was very much planned for, he just happened to have been conceived several months earlier than intended. But still, he was most definitely wanted. The responses shocked me but I saved them with a purpose in mind. My plan was to print them next to a picture of our new baby and say how callous people could be about such an amazing event.
Well, that wasn’t to be. But I still remember the words.
Yesterday, someone’s words stung me unintentionally.
I had my yearly appointment with my gynecologist/obgyn. As I sat naked on the examining table with only two paper cloths covering me, I found it unbelievable I could hear the heartbeat check of someone else’s baby in the next room. As clear as a muffled beat can be, I could hear it.
My doctor came in and said, “Hello…How’s the baby?”
I finally managed to spit out, “You mean the two year old?”
“Sure, two is still a baby.”
Then she actually opened my file. “Oh, I’m so sorry. I can’t believe I forgot.”
I’ve seen this woman roughly four times in the past 9 weeks. I should look somewhat familiar. At the very least, she should have opened my file before coming in.
“How’s the baby?” 3 simple yet powerful words. Words that still make my heart hurt.