Aw, I feel bad for the poor young mother who felt so devastated all those years ago.
But the message is spot on. We really can't predict how we'll react to things that are thus far only hypotheticals.
I'm somewhat reminded of a trip I made with an ex to Montreal. I was 21 or so, and we thought it would be fun to go to a strip club (apparently, you can touch the girls there). I very much wanted to be the cool girlfriend, and I felt secure in my relationship.
We got a couple's lap dance, and I found myself taken aback at how into it he seemed to be. I look back now and realize that he was just doing what he thought he was meant or expected to do, but at the time, I felt hurt and insecure.
When we went back to the hotel and I cried--he felt bad, and I felt stupid. I'd wanted to go, so why was I responding that way? Poor kids. Ah well.