I was in the post office today picking up my mother's mail (something for which she will not be nearly grateful enough). Our post office is kind of slow. Ok, it's one of the slowest I've ever been to. The line moves at a speed only slightly more rapid than glacial. Grouchy customers are the norm and one, today, stormed out the door, having an outburst about this was the worst post office he'd ever been to and how it had awful, slow, and stupid employees.
Not being the brightest bulb in the chandelier myself, and being possessed of a somewhat irreverent sense of humor, I said (obstensibly to my daughter), "grouchy customers too..."
While several of the customers in line did, indeed, seem to find this funny (it released a great deal of the tension that Mr. Cranky left floating), Mr. I Stood Behind Mr. Cranky And I'm Now Cranky Too said, snottily, "well, some of us have a real
job and can't afford to stand around all day waiting for government workers!"
Now, I know that I kind of brought that on myself. I also know that responding to it would do no good; so I didn't. But. Oh, the but...
I wanted to turn around and tell him I have
a real job. Three
, actually. One which pays regularly, one which pays occasionally, and one (the one he was implying was not real) which doesn't pay at all.
[[Hang on, job 3 is crying and job 1 is on the phone...]]
[[Ok, 3 is put to nap, 1 is off the phone, and, although I really have to follow up with a potential client on job 2, I'm back. (Blogging is much more fun than marketing.)]]
I think I must have been a warrior in another lifetime. I desperately want to strike back at snotty people but I know I shouldn't for any number of reasons, the biggest one being that it never really makes you feel better because you know you're not going to change their opinion.
Having this happen makes me appreciate all the more graymama
's forebearance with the unenlightened. I have not that kind of patience but I'm trying.
May God grant me the patience I need to deal with people like that and the understanding to see past their public flaws to the human underneath.