It happens too often.
And it sucks.
You’re minding your own business when some smug Mean Girls start talking trash about you and picking you apart for what they perceive to be your physical flaws.
They don’t even KNOW you, but you’re on their radar and within earshot, and they’re going to make sure you know they are infinitely better than you are.
It happened two days ago to Michigan mom Dianne Hoffmeyer, who stopped at a local coffee shop with her 22-month old daughter to pick up some doughnut holes for the toddler and a much-needed cup of Joe for herself. Two middle-aged shrews, who obviously embodied perfection and had all their crap together, stood behind Hoffmeyer in line and began to criticize her.
“‘Oh look at her hair, it’s nasty looking, and the roots are coming through’,” she recalled the women saying.
“‘Oh she’s a whale, oh the whale needs to eat’,” they continued.
Had it been me, I would have cussed the broads out in Spanish and “accidentally” splashed my hot coffee over their perfect bodies.
Fortunately, Hoffmeyer is a much better person than I am. She told the cashier she wanted to pay for their orders. She then went to her car and cried.
The insults hurt because, unbeknownst to her tormenters, Hoffmeyer had recently lost 177 pounds. However, she opted to pay kindness forward rather than justifiably putting the bullies in their place. Her reason? She told ABC News she wanted to set a better example for her children.
Wow, that’s powerful. Her response has gone viral.
What would happen if Hoffmeyer ran into the women again? “I’d like to buy them another cup of coffee, and talk to them,” she told a reporter. “And explain to them how it made me feel.”
If they were to cross paths again, Hoffmeyer would set a great example for the women. She’s an amazing mom and a beautiful soul, and the world needs a lot more people like her.
I like to think the world also needs a clumsy chick like me who’ll stand beside Hoffmeyer with a big ‘ol splashable cup of black coffee- just in case those women give her any attitude.