Saturday, June 14, 2008

There is something worse....

I thought that there was nothing worse than being a Non-Mormon in Utah. I now know that is not true....there is something worse.

Being a FLDS woman in Utah.

I just returned from my local grocery store, where I saw a woman and her four kids. Based on their attire I figured out that they were FLDS. She and her children were all wearing long dresses and had tall hair and braids.

I felt really bad for her because she looked scared to death. Probably because everyone in the store was staring at her and her family and whispering. I said Hello to her as she walked by and tried to meet her gaze but she immediately looked away.

I wanted to hug her and tell her....that I understand and I don't fit in here either. I wanted to give her my phone number and tell her to join my Mommies Group. And I wanted to tell the cashier and her bag boy to mind their own business and stop talking about her. Let her be!

Utah is a tough place for me to live....but it could be worse.

I could be her.


If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
~Mother Teresa

4 comments:

  1. It's hard being "different" =o(

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  2. I think it's so easy to judge, I fight my initial reaction to strangers that is judgemental all the time.

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  3. You are so right! We were in Utah last summer in the airport and there was a FLDS women with about 7 children. Our group had about 5 kids with us and the kids were playing together the poor women looked freaked out. It was weird to see the difference in how both sets of children acted.

    I eventually talked to her and realized that she had left the church and was moving to her sisters in Seattle. Her strength was AMAZING!

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