I could see a man shopping with his mother about fifteen feet in front of me. He looked up and said very loudly, "Didn't you just have a baby?"
Please don't be talking to me, I pleaded slightly. I glanced around and realized there was an older gentleman behind me but no one else.
"Did you just have a baby?" he questioned again loudly.
I steeled myself for the inevitable and forced a small smile. "Yes. In April."
"I knew it! I'm in here every Monday shopping with my mom and I never forget a face!" His voice was growing louder with excitement.
"What'd you have?"
"A girl." I tried to reply quietly but he was fairly far away from me and even though I wasn't, it felt like I was shouting.
"Well, congratulations," he exclaimed as he started down the next aisle. But before he moved on, he looked over his shoulder, held up two thumbs and said, "I hope everything went all right!" He paused for me to give him the affirmative but instead I said, "She passed away."
The man behind me said, "Oh no!"
I heard a gasp from the next aisle.
And the whole store went silent.
The stanger that had been quizzing me muttered a quick "I'm sorry about that" and left. And when I say left, I think he literally quit shopping right then, went to the check out and left the store because I didn't see him or his mother again. I've got a feeling he'll be shopping on Tuesdays now.
The man behind me told me he was sorry and I muttered between tears, "She lived 6 days." Not sure why I told him that instead of just moving on, but I felt like I owed it to Rebecca. I wanted this stranger to know that she lived six days. The she was here on this earth for six days.
"Well, we'll never know why she didn't make it, but I do know this - she's with the Lord right now and he's taking care of her."
I wiped my eyes, gave him a small smile, and said, "Yes. And that gives me comfort."
And with that, I slowly rolled my cart down the next aisle and finished my shopping.
But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57