There have been many times I’ve sat alone at a restaurant and observed my surroundings. I would see a father with children , clearly his court allotted time with them so he sits there and makes the best of a dinner after a long day at work.
I left the gym one evening and decided to eat at a pizza place that had a buffet. I watched a mother sit there with 4 children while they bounced around with little to no worries and the mothers face showed the hours of work she’d endured and the lack of time she had to prepare a dinner. She was tired and possible beaten mentally that night, I could see the surrender in her face.
It breaks my heart when I see these lives in whatever form they are in. You know there is a major battle they are fighting within to make it through the day . I want to be able to walk up and comfort in some way but I know I have nothing to offer to someone who’s fighting their own fight.
I now find myself on the brink of the same situation. Children confused, wife not content and all I can do is continue to work and smile as if all is fine.
Will I be that dad sitting there with his children and some other soul watching me maybe wondering about what caused me to be in that situation?
Will my wife be the woman sitting there with two children bouncing around enjoying a pizza dinner while she dwells upon what life has become?
It is sad and it’s something that happens around us everyday.
Are we living or simply existing?