You Won’t Believe how this Man Broke His Phone
Today, I was second in line at the cellphone store. Number 1 was a tall man wearing a kippah who was having a back-and-forth with the salesman.
“So what are my options?”
“You can buy a new screen or you can buy a new phone.”
“What? I need to buy a new screen?!”
“Yes, it’s completely cracked.”
“I can’t believe it. I just lost my temper and…” instead of words he reenacted how he had thrown his phone down in fury,”and now I have to buy a whole new screen. How much will that cost?”
“450 NIS,” around $115.
I was extremely curious, but I didn’t have the nerve to ask the man exactly what had made him so angry. Had he been angry at his phone, because it wasn’t working well? At his wife? At his child? At his boss?
What was wrong with this man? What kind of grown man, a religious man no less, loses it like that when he gets angry? Was he some kind of maniac?
But then I thought of all the times I have lost my temper with my kids.
And I thought how $115 is small change compared to the harm an angry, out-of-control mother can do to her child.
Truth is, as my kids and I have grown, and I’ve learned how to take care of myself better and get more help when I need it, that kind of out-of-control anger flashes up pretty rarely.
But the man ahead of me in line reminded me how that kind of anger for human beings and mothers is an ongoing battle. And that it is one which you and I and all of us should continue fighting.