I just went to the post office to check my PO Box. I noticed that the car next to me had a number of religious-themed bumper stickers on the back, including one that said, “Thank you, Jesus.” At first I thought the woman in the car was a nun, and I thought “huh, I didn’t realize nuns were bumper sticker people.” I guess I figured being a nun spoke more loudly than a strip of vinyl on the back of the car ever would.
The woman got out of her car the same time I did.
“Excuse me, could you please help me carry this box?”
Drat. I was hoping just to dash in and out. But fine, I would help carry the box.
As I walked around to her side of the car, I noticed several more decals, including some very strongly-worded
pro-choice anti-choice* messages. Obviously this woman and I had some philosophical differences, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t help her.
So now that I was next to her, watching her wrestle to get the box out of the car (which p.s., was not heavy at all) I no longer thought she was a nun; now I thought she wanted to resemble a nun. WTF, right? Long skirt, enormous cross, head covering, but not an actual habit.
I picked up the open box, which contained another open box and some lumpy stuff in a trash bag, none of which was contained by the outermost box. No clue how she was going to get this thing closed, because presumably that’s what she was doing, right? Shipping the box to someone?
And because this is how my brain works, I was now convinced I was helping this lady mail a bomb to an abortion clinic.
Perhaps it wasn’t fair to leap to such an outlandish conclusion. Just because a woman was dressed like a fake nun and had lots of propaganda on her car was no reason to judge her in that fashion, right?
I had taken two steps towards the building when she said, “I would really like to invite you to come to church with me.”
“Well,” I said, “thank you, but I’m not interested.”
That did not deter her. She proceeded to talk about Jesus and I don’t know what because honestly, all I could think about was how to make this entire thing end. And holy CRAP, she was walking slowly.
“I’m Jewish,” I told her. That usually shuts down someone trying to sell me their religion; I don’t share their faith, but at least I’m not a total heathen (ha).
“Oh, we LOVE Jewish people,” she exclaimed. A monologue commenced about all the benefits the Jews provided, like, you know, the Old Testament. I quickened my pace.
We made it to the line inside and I put her probably-a-bomb box on the table, bade her goodbye, and fled. This is what you get for being nice to people.
I really hate that shit. And I really hate that I felt the need to be polite even when she was completely unconcerned that she was making me uncomfortable and totally taking advantage of my helping her.
I could go on at great length about this topic, but it can be summarized pretty easily:
It’s never appropriate to strike up a conversation with a stranger about religion. Especially a stranger who is doing you a favor. But after said stranger has expressed her lack of interest in the topic, SHUT YOUR FUCKING PIE-HOLE. Seriously.
*Holy crap, I typed the wrong thing. Thanks, Brian L!
Comments on: "Never Trust a Fake Nun" (17)
I got cornered by someone like that in the Target parking lot one time. Never did figure out what religion they were.
that was a brilliant pc of writing and made me laugh at the end on a funky week. Kudos to you my curly haired Jewish friend. So sad that people think that is their calling , to drag you into their cult.
Glad Jill sent it to you, and glad it made you laugh. 🙂
Wait. Jews are responsible for the Old Testament? But it’s in the Bible.
Found your post because of the title. I commented over @ The Bloggess’ place and so I had to come by. Love this. HATE that. Fortunately I haven’t had it happen that often, but seriously, it’s so not right!! Thanks for the laugh and I need to share this w/some friends of mine who will truly appreciate it. 😀
Thanks for coming by. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it – hope your friends do, too.
I found your post title on The Bloggess too… I love how your mind works! I’d have thought it was a bomb too. Or maybe drugs, like blue meth. That could be because I’ve been watching too much Breaking Bad though.
How awful is it that I would feel less bad about it being drugs??? Ha!!!!
I’ll pray for you.
ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Don’t encourage him, Andy. 🙂
ohhh, oops, I thought he was joking. Sorry
Ha! He is. 🙂
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Thank you for at least telling this horrible horrible story in a way that really made me laugh. Crazy Christian No-Orgasmry at its finest.
Heh heh. This pleases me. 🙂