Do you have any children?
It was asked very innocently. Off the cuff really. I was in a tennis tournament over the weekend. I walked past one of my opponents (who we had just played). I thought she was talking to me when I passed by. She wasn't but said she could include me, if I would like. We laughed and then she said ... Do you have any children? I assume this is what she and the other person were discussing.
I mumbled something about needing to get my water and walked away.
How do I answer that question with someone that I probably will never see again? Is that answer different with someone I just meet? My answer will always be yes. I do have a child. To say no seems to dishonor Michael. And his memory. But to say yes. To a virtual stranger. Seems to be asking for more questions. Like ... Boy or Girl? How old is he? What grade? Where does he go to school?
I have thought about the day that this question would be asked. I don't put myself into situations, at the moment, that require me to talk about myself with someone that I do not know. I stick with what I know. I stick with the people I know.
And so, I dodged the question the first time. It allows me the opportunity to keep pondering my response.
Or to keep avoiding those situations all together.