A few years ago, I would have read this story and thought, “What a terrible person. How irresponsible and uncaring.”
Today, I thought, “She must have been so overwhelmed.”
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t condone her actions. But I know how exhausted I am, with lots of support. And I would bet that this mother has nothing like that.
I hope she gets what she needs. I hope her son gets what he needs. But right now, at this moment, I can’t condemn her the way I would have.
Maybe if we all cut each other a little more slack, this would happen less often.