The Lady in the Window
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I just couldn't resist stepping on the scales this morning before I left on my business trip. Although I just started the Spark diet program barely a week ago, I really felt I had already lost weight and was thrilled to see 2 pounds less on the scale. I rode that mood all day until I encountered the "window." On the way from my hotel to the conference registration, I walked past a building with a large picture window front. I glanced toward the window and saw a woman walking beside me. At first I almost didn't recognize who that fat lady in the window was. She was wearing the same clothes I was, and we had the same hairstyle....how odd...but surely my stomach didn't stick out THAT far. And where was her chin? Mine wasn't buried in a roll under my neck like hers was. I stopped and turned to the window and looked straight at her for a moment. She had kind eyes, although she looked a bit sad. I wondered what had happened that had caused her to let herself go so much. Why hadn't she taken better care of herself? You could tell she had probably once been an attractive woman. At first I felt angry at her, disgusted by her weakness. I wanted to chastise her, tell her she was worthless, but then I thought, "no." I'm not going to beat her up about this anymore. Instead, I smiled at her, and of course, she smiled back. I liked her smile. We looked straight at each other and simultaneously said "goodbye." I knew I wouldn't be seeing her in the window much longer.