“No no you go ahead.” by Julia at The New York

Wednesday December 14, 2016
5 minutes
Overheard in the line at airport security

No no you go ahead, he insisted. I was carrying a baby and I was suddenly a magnet. People were stopping me all over the place, being so kind and considerate of me.
No no, please, it’s on me, don’t worry, you’ll pay it forward. I felt like I was getting so much attention because I must have looked like an incompetent mother. People must have felt bad for me. People must have seen how hard it was for me to connect to my own child. I mean, but it wasn’t my child so did I just steal somebody else’s hardship? Credit for something I didn’t even do?