75. Trying to Understand
Margaret’s husband came to family day the next week. Standing perfectly straight, he wore a golf shirt with crisp creases in the short sleeves, pressed khakis, and immaculately clean sneakers.
He said, “When I was in the Navy I was running a fire fighting drill. A young sailor lost control of the hose. The nozzle whipped around like a snake and bit me in the leg, snapping my femur. I was on painkillers for a month. Then I stopped taking them.”
“I’m not sure I get your point,” I said.
“My wife has been in chronic pain. I understand why she struggles with painkillers. I’m trying to understand why my Felix has struggled. He’s a smart kid. He’s done some things with his life. Why can’t he just stop?”
He shook his head, and I could see the frustration and concern on his face.
“Patience," I said. "It's always hard to understand a problem you haven't had. I bet Felix appreciates you trying to understand."
Today I will be grateful for people who try to understand.
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