Last night I watched an episode of Father Brown where Mrs. McCarthy was judgmental about something her god-daughter did. (She was the girl’s godmother.) In my mind I thought, “Wow, she sure is judgmental and intrusive in the girl’s life.”
Then this morning I woke up and saw some photos on Facebook involving one of my young relatives that made my skin crawl. When I saw the photos I realized I didn’t know them at all, and I hated what they were doing. I wanted to grab them by the ear and yank them out of those pictures.
So it turns out that giving unconditional love is really hard when you see people you care about doing things that you think are really stupid.