I was just about done painting, loving the new blue and was brainstorming for what color towels to accent with, in my head making up every possible excuse to ohhh darn, guess I have to run to Target :) About this time, the dogs start doing their hungry dance so I open the food bin and Rats! dog food is almost out but Yay! I really DO have to run to Target!
I was totally scrubbed out, wearing an old t-shirt dad got on one of his travels over 10 years ago, old running shorts, black flip flops and I couldn't find my coat so I opted to throw on my favorite vintage find, a circa 1960's 3/4 arm length black dress coat with fur collar and wrists. My hair had paint in it, I'm sure but seriously, who did I have to impress.
I loaded up the doggies and we were on our way. Once inside Target, I decided to stick with white towels and keep it simple. I heaved the dog food into my cart and got some laundry detergent too. I was making my way to check out and I guess until this point was completely oblivious to how I looked... until I heard these ladies behind me.
Did they seriously think I couldn't hear them? I estimated they were a few paces behind me and it became more and more obvious they were laughing at me. I heard "What was she thinking?" and a "Is she serious?" and the rest was that truly snide snicker that I remember from high school. It was awful.
I didn't stop and turn around to address them like maybe would have been the daring in your face kind of thing to do, but instead as I was loading up my items to check out, I glanced over to see that they were mother and daughter, she was probably high school age... and her mother wasn't like some hot, fit, well dressed woman either. Not that being that way would entitle her to laugh at me, but I just felt crushed that a mother would be an example like this to her daughter. I also wonder how easy it is for her daughter to take that same perspective and attitude to school and laugh at girls the way she laughed at me.
What if this was the only coat I had? She doesn't know me, doesn't know my situation and I truly felt convicted and challenged more and more turn the tables in areas I feel that I judge people. It just sucked...