The fat woman and the Sleep Inn

Just checked into a Sleep Inn. Stood by the front desk for a long time, waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting. Tapping my fingers, jingling my car keys. Why is this taking so long? What the hell? Damn, why …

Then the manager appeared.

She was beyond fat. Beyond enormous. This is merely a guess, but I’ll say she probably weighs, oh, 600 pounds. Perhaps the largest person I’ve ever seen.

And I felt ashamed.

Not for her, but for me. For tapping my fingers and jingling my keys. This woman could barely walk, and I’m acting as if I’m in a rush. What for? So I can get to my room and type this blog?

We make fun of overweight people all the time. We laugh, judge, mock, condemn. I do it, too. But to walk in someone else’s shoes—or at least to try and empathize with that walk—is a powerful thing.

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  1. I have checked into quite a few motels when there was no one at the desk. Usually they are courteous enough to put out a sign – Back at (clock hands), or Ring bell, or dial # on house phone.
    The best was in Fossil, Oregon.
    No one was at the desk. Sign said:
    “Self Check in. If the room key is on the board the room is available. Rates below. Fill out the registration and swipe your card.”

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