Actually, I think to myself, lady, you have no idea just how great I look! I was in the trauma ICU for 10 days followed by a week of acute rehab. I had massive hemorrhaging, my body went into DIC which caused me to experience multiple organ failure. And due to more complications, I’ve been lugging around a wound vac for weeks and I just got rid of it yesterday. It’s nothing short of a miracle that I’m casually shopping at Target 9 weeks later, feeling great!
But I don’t tell her that.
I wasn’t about to share this all with my new friend-for-a-moment.
Instead I smile and say thank you.
“Enjoy your little one!” she says as I take my bag to go.
And I’m thinking.
Here I am, shopping like anyone else – and everyone around me is completely oblivious to the fact that I’m a walking miracle. There’s nothing about me that stands out as you walk by. I look as typical as anyone else. What about the people that I see passing me – what secrets lay under their casual and regular appearance?
I smile at the lady in line behind me as I leave.
Who knows what she’s been through.
You just never know.