It was really good to see you today. You were standing there in your usual position at the customer service counter with the same smile that you have worn every time I have seen you for the last 9 years.
I always wondered when we worked together why there was a hint of sadness in your face. Why you were so attentive to E when I would bring him up to work so show him off. How you always oohed and aahed over all them employee's children and made such an effort to make them smile. I also wondered about you sometimes. I am ashamed to admit they were fleeting thoughts but I did wonder. Did you have a family? Why did we never see your children at work.
I think I got my answer today. I saw the pain in your eyes when that sweet chubby baby smiled and hid her head in here mothers shoulder when you said hi. I felt your wince when the mom said, "its ok honey say hi". I felt it too. My heart broke for you because I am quite sure I now know why I haven't seen your family.
I wanted to say something, anything to let you know that I care. I feel like such a bitch for bragging and ....complaining in the break room about loss of sleep and baby puke. I wish I had been sensitive. I wish I would have seen then what I saw today and for that I am so truly sorry.