No, there is nothing about being too fat or to skinny or short or tall. Just a family who is making it on their own while the "Dad" is out to sea.
I've really struggled over the last few months with some of the really shallow things that people say. I won't even describe it as hateful, I don't think they even put enough thought into it to be a hateful or any other emotionally substantive remark. Just little remarks like, "Oh, I my husband loves his family too much to ever take a job like that," or "we have too close of a relationship for him to ever want to be away from me that long". Or some other myriad of statements about commitment to home and family.
They hurt. Yep, there is no better way to say it. Whether family or friends or fellow CG spouse, those little unintentional digs hurt. And not because I believe any of their remarks for even a second, but because they do.
This is where the little conversation about perspective comes in. As I drove back, alone, up the coast I had hours and hours to think. And, as this has been one of the things on the forefront for me lately, I spent almost all of my 6 hours of solo time picking it apart. And it all came back to perspective.
The outsiders perspective: a man willingly leaves his family to go sail around in the ice on a big red boat for months and months at a time. There must be something wrong. He must not love them. She must not want him around. He must not be committed to his family. blah, blah, blah.
Reality: Jon loves his job. The man is happy on that big red boat. He works hard. He is out on the ocean seeing things that most people will never get to see first hand. Our family is living in a beautiful home, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that our family, the four of us, are willing to support each other to make our dreams come true- even if it means we aren't always together.
My biggest lesson: I've added to my own personal perspective. And I will always strive to not view people and their situations only through my own filters. But, I can't always assume that just because I share friendships, or acquaintances, with fellow CG families who conceivably share the same perspective, that they are able to remove their filters and not judge based on their own, maybe limited, experience.