I was in a restaurant a couple of days ago and was compelled to watch and listen to a conversation between two ladies. They were sitting at a table close to me and I overheard the conversation which got my attention. I'm not sure if they were Mother and Daughter, but one was much older than the other. It went like this: The younger lady said, "Do you have to shop for anything while we're out?" "No, I don't need anything."replied the elderly lady. Then within a couple of minutes, the younger lady said aggressively "Hurry up and finish your meal, we only have ten minutes!" "I have to be home by 5 p.m." The elderly lady rushed through her meal while the younger lady whisked off to the door. The elderly lady then went with the bill to the cashier and paid for their meals while the younger lady headed to the cashier and collected the change back and put it in her pocket.
The thing that upset me here was, why would the cashier give the person not paying the change?? It wasn't hers. I was compelled and had thoughts of asking the cashier why would she do that? No matter if the other person had her hand out to collect it. My heart crushed to see that type thing and thought of the elderly lady being taken for granted by the daughter/friend and the cashier as well.
I know there is so much that happens behind closed doors and this is trivial, but it did upset me to wonder what does the daughter/friend treat her like when they are alone? Is she taken for granted, abused verbally and perhaps physically? The elderly lady didn't say a word and just followed the younger lady out of the restaurant.
It was on my mind for quite awhile and I felt empathy for the elderly lady as I was touched by those thoughts.
What happened to patience and respect today??