My entire handbag was stolen from practically under my nose about thirty years ago, while I was having lunch with my best friend, Linda, in a café in Bloomingdale’s. I had been heatedly debating with Linda on why she was still breastfeeding her two-year-old son and so I wasn’t paying attention to my bag, which I had placed on the floor next to me.
The day Douglas and I moved to a new apartment, Linda (same friend as above) came to see it. She stood in the center of the living room and said: “It’s soooo small.”
Gads, we’re so judgmental when we’re young. Why did I care that her son was walking over to her breast for a drink? If she wanted to suckle him till he was 10, it wasn’t my business.
Why did she care that my apartment was small? She wasn’t moving in.
We surely don’t have to agree with everyone all the time. Debate can be healthy and educational, especially when it comes to subjects including politics, the economy, and the theory of evolution. Opposing opinions might even help us define ours. Isn’t that what jury deliberation is all about? But we needn’t impose our values and viewpoints on others when it comes to personal conduct that doesn’t interfere with our lives one bit.