The other night I posted a meme on my Facebook page. It was of a two toddlers wearing the same outfit. And the caption was how the model looks in the outfit and then how the other baby looks in the same outfit.
I thought it was cute. I thought both girls looked adorable. And every woman can relate. We never look like the model when we buy the same outfit. It was funny.
Then I got a comment that I should be ashamed of myself. And like every time I get a comment like that I rolled my eyes and thought calm down lady. It was just a joke.
But then I started to think about it. It was a picture making fun of a toddler. It was calling a toddler fat.
I never meant to openly shame another person for their weight. But that’s exactly what I did. And I felt like a total jerk.
I would be devastated is someone used a photo of one of my kids to make a meme. And what happens when that little girl gets old enough to maneuver the internet and finds that meme making fun of her? That would be devastating.
And here I am sharing it. And I’m sorry I did. And I will be more mindful before absentmindedly posting things online.
I get really easily offended when people use certain words. The word retarded. Gay. Fag. Homo. These are the things I deal with on a daily basis that hurt me.
And I know people don’t understand what the big deal is. They’re just words. No one means anything by it. It’s just a joke.
But these are words that can really hurt my kids. And I wish people would understand that. Words have power.
Just like I now understand that sharing a meme like the one I did can be hurtful to someone else out there. To the mom whose baby girl was in the pic I’m sorry. I know the heartbreak that can be caused by perfect strangers behind a keyboard.