As Cindy and her son walked towards the door of the restaurant, they felt everyone’s judgmental eyes on them. They heard everybody whispering criticizing them as they walked through the tables, and they felt awful. Cindy had to do everything in her power not to burst out crying, especially because she wanted to be strong for Callum.
Once Cindy got in her car with her son, she had to take a few breaths before driving; the anxiety and anger had taken hold of her, and she couldn’t stop shaking. She was doing her best to calm herself down and be supportive of Callum, who was feeling terrible himself.
As Cindy and the manager’s argument got worse, the other patrons at the restaurant started to notice and stare. Cindy turned red from humiliation, as she noticed that every single person at the restaurant was looking at her and her son. The thought of Callum being the center of this public humiliation just destroyed her.
She wanted to scream at the top of her lungs to denounce this injustice. She was having a wonderful day with her son and all they wanted was to share a nice meal together. How had their day managed to go so wrong for such a ridiculous reason?
Cindy had heard enough, and despite the anger and sadness she felt, she was determined to get her son out of the hostile situation and not let him see how affected she was. She grabbed Callum’s hand and told her son firmly that they don’t need to stay in a place that doesn’t value love and acceptance.
She made sure to say it loud enough for everyone at the restaurant to hear. Under no circumstance did she want her son to feel like he had done something wrong, or to take these cruel people’s words seriously. She was anxious to get Callum as far away from there as possible.
Fueled by Anger
Cindy was outraged, and she decided right then and there that she was going to do something about this horrible situation. There was no way that these people were going to get away with treating her son that way; she knew that she had to fight back. She had to fight the injustice done to her son, and discrimination in general.
It was unacceptable that some people felt they had the right to treat other human beings like this simply for expressing their opinions. Cindy would make sure that everybody knew the experience they had and would denounce the restaurant.
Comforting Her Son
Cindy suddenly looked at her son sitting beside her and realized the sadness and confusion in his eyes. It became clear to her how dumbfounded Callum must be feeling; how completely confused about the restaurant staff’s reaction towards him. What had he done wrong?
There was no way that she was going to let her kind 10-year-old boy think he was guilty of something. She did her best to calm him down and explain that nothing that happened was his fault, he had done nothing bad and the ones that should be blaming themselves were the horrible people they encountered at the restaurant.