So. You may think that Andrea Mrozek, she’s so bold. She is comfortable talking about her issues no matter where or how. Not so, I say, but yesterday I experienced a (baby steps) victory.
After the day’s proceedings at the national LifeCanada conference, I went for a run, as I do. And I aimed to get to the water. It was further than I thought. I ran and I ran. And way later than I thought I did hit the ocean. So much later, however, that I had to take a cab back.
The cabbie I flagged down was a woman. Down to earth. Kind. She asked me what I was doing here. I said: “I’m at a Life Canada conference.” That was Bold Moment Number 1. For I rarely tell people about pro-life this or that. But now, I had just opened the door. The cabbie asked me how it was going. What to do? Be vague? Say not too much? I opted to be concrete. “Well,” says I, “I learned a lot.” I told her about Dr. Walley’s presentation of MaterCare. How we take the modern healthcare we get for granted, given maternal mortality overseas.
The cabbie says to me that she would never consider abortion, but she would never judge someone else for their choice.
All day long at the Life Canada conference I’d been listening to kind, compassionate, non-judgemental people speak about their desire, pure and simple, to help mothers. So it is worth noting that in the world at large, that message doesn’t get out as much as it should. It still comes down to an issue of “judging.”
I told the cabbie I totally agreed. That I would never judge women either. I applauded her compassion.
I added, however (this is Bold Moment Number 2) that I didn’t think abortion was ever a great solution.
She said she would never deny women that choice.
I said “if women get full information, because abortion does some women a lot of damage.”
Then my cab ride was over and I thanked her for rescuing me.
Finally, a gave her a 40% tip. (Really people, don’t preach at your cab driver and then be stingy.)
So those are my bold moments, things I rarely do. Baby steps.
PS PEI really really does have very red soil.