pedicureimagesToday something happened that I’d like to blog about. Partially for my own therapy, partially for your input. While getting a pedicure at my lil hole-in-the-wall salon, a big-mouth (maybe drunk) walked in and sat down across from me in a pedi-spot. At this lil salon, there’s this sweet Asian couple who work tirelessly, 7 days a week–and I’ve gotten to know them. They speak broken, if any, English. And they have a sweet 6-year old son, who’s often there while mommy and daddy work. While the mom was servicing me, the Dad and his son were cleaning an empty pedi-chair next to me and big-mouth. That’s when big-mouth started a rant about how kids don’t respect adults these days. Then, what took place next, I’ll never forget: Big-mouth turned to the lil boy, and in front of his laboring mom and dad, the other clients and me, yelled, “What’s your name? Hey, look at me when I’m speaking to you.  Hey, I’m talking to you, you gonna answer me? Oh, you’re gonna be a lil smartass, are ya?” …

Smartass?” Did she just say that? Is this really happening? Instantly, the boy hung his head and started to tremble. His mom froze. His dad awkwardly laughed. I mean, what could they do? SHE was the client. Were they to serve the client? Or parent their child? And how do you navigate either when you barely speak English? Nobody said a word. I prayed. And then when she called him “Smartass” yet again, I spoke up, “Ma’am, please don’t talk to him like that.” “Hey Smartass….I’m talking to you!” I repeated, “Hey, please stop talking to him like that.” She didn’t acknowledge me. Nor did she come across the room and punch me in the face. But she did stop.  In this moment, when urgency only lent itself to a quick arrow-prayer and a gut instinct to “to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,” I did something. I pray for this lil boy–that he doesn’t have a sticky memory of this mean lady.  Sometimes, protecting others comes at a risk. And sometimes, we gotta be willing to take it. Curious what you would have done in my shoes…uh….pedi flip-flops?

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