I am in Wal-Mart this morning, buying those circle stickers to put prices on for our church's rummage sale this Saturday morning, when a complete stranger started a conversation with me.
While looking for some boxes of brownie mix (for our lunch at church Sunday) a woman, probably in her late 50s, started remarking on the high prices of the products on the shelves.
strange lady - "I've never seen such prices! This is crazy!"
me - "I know, I hope the gas prices going down will trickle into lower food prices soon."
strange lady - "So, what do you think about the Presidential Election?"
me, surprised at the question, - "I'm not sure. I like them both, and don't like them both, depending on the issue."
strange lady - "Well, I'm voting for McCain. That Obama... there's no way a black man is going to be able to run this country."
me - stunned silence
strange lady - "You know that those other countries don't like him. They don't like him because he's black... he'd ruin us!"
me - trying to be polite - "Well, have a good day! I better finish my shopping!"
YIKES! Do people today STILL think this way? Wow... what a thing for someone to say to a complete stranger! For all she knows, my husband is black! I just walked away shaking my head.
Am I the only one that has almost forgotten that Obama is even black? He's just become a household name for most of us... and I guess the issue of his race isn't something that my family (immediate or extended) has talked about.
Am I a magnet for crazy people or what? I swear... when I go into public places, people just seem to feel free to tell me all kinds of things, good and bad! Maybe I need one of those "bad attitude" shirts, that I hate so much, to wear the next time I need a loaf of bread....