Monday, March 24, 2014

People are....well, I just don't know....

Speedway Gas station.   Thursday after work.

I was standing there pumping gas.  On the other side of the pump (I'm at 11, she's at 12), there is a woman sitting in a min-van.  Staring at me.  I smiled. 

She started talking to me - well more like talking at me.  Here's how it went, more or less.

"You bout to have yo baby?  {obviously}  I had a baby once, but she dead.  MCO killed her.  Killed my baby.  Just sent her home to me.  She was blue when I got her home."

Oh boy.  What do I say? Should I respond?  Do I engage?  I had my husband's car and it takes as much gas as a mack truck so I was sort of stuck for a minute.  She never got out of her car I noticed.  It was not running and she was not pumping gas either.

"I'm so sorry," I said. 

"She was only 23 when she died.  An' I tol em, she ain't never taken no drugs, but they just sent her on her way bec..HEY!  I'm GONNA SMACK YOU BACK TO JESUS!"

The story of her dead baby/child/adult was interrupted by her threatening a toddler who was in the front seat of the car, tossing projectiles out of the car.  Laughing like a hyena.    Which also made me laugh a little.  She didn't break stride in her horrifying story though.  With both of us {sort of} laughing.

You know where this is going. 

The bottom line was she told me that she had no money, needed some, and so on and so forth, all the while hearing gruesome details about her dead daughter and threats to the grandson.  And I mean gruesome.  I cannot even remember all the stuff she said but I was pretty unnerved by some of it and the fact that she was unloading it on a perfect stranger with no segue. 

I went in and put a few dollars on her pump (WWJD!) and went on my way.  I felt bad for her and wished she had a different situation.  It was just incredible that we had a 10 minute interaction (if you could call it that) and all I said was three words.  I always feel conflicted about giving people money.  When alone and approached, I never do.  Reach into purse?  That's just stupid.  With that many people around in a public place and no exchange in cash?   What's the harm?  My sister keeps cracker packets in her car to give to homeless on the side of the road.

What's your stance?

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