"Oh, real great."
Something like this was going through my mind while sitting and reading in a Peet's Coffee shop last summer. It was probably a week or 2 after I got back from Peru, and I was using a Peruvian style purse that the church in Lima and given to me before we left. I saw a man approaching the door of Peet's and immediately knew by something about his mannerisms that something was a bit 'off.' He looked like a normal guy; there was nothing strange about his appearance, but there was something about the way he carried himself that gave it away. And of course, out of all the tables in the room he decides to come and sit in the chair directly back to back with mine. Lovely. Have I ever mentioned God must have put a weirdo magnet inside of me when He created me? lol Sounds funny, but seriously, I am always getting approached by or having run-ins with people who are -- shall we say, different.
So, I have my very colorful purse sitting there on the chair next to me, and I continue to sit there and carry on reading or whatever I was doing. Then the guy starts turning around. "Here it comes." Yup, sure enough! He stands up and looks directly at me.
"Excuse me miss," he said, "but I couldn't help noticing your bag there!" I sit there and look at him, and honestly don't remember what I said. Probably tried to be kind. "Oh, okay. :)"
"I think -- I think I may have come across an important discovery!" Hmm, okay. He noticed my bag and thinks he may have made an important discovery. Okay. He continues, "I think -- it very well may be made from a fragment of Joseph's coat of many colors!!" He legitimately seemed excited.
I think my expression was blank, because I had no clue what to say. Really? He really thinks my purse is made from Joseph's actual coat of many colors?
"You know!" He said, "from the story in Exodus!" I nodded my head, acknowledging that I knew what story he was talking about, even though it's not in Exodus.
"Uhh, well actually, I got this purse in Peru last week."
"Oh really? Well, I think that they may have made it from a fragment of Joseph's coat!!!"
"No, I'm sure they didn't! They have this print everywhere in Peru. It's not from Joseph's coat."
He looked disappointed. "Aww, man. I really thought I came across an important discovery!" His excitement dwindled. Poor guy! But he got over it quick enough. He went and sat back down and I had to hold in my amusement so as not to hurt his feelings. But it was pretty hilarious.
Why, oh why me? I guess being a 'weirdo magnet' makes life more interesting! This man will forever be in my memory.
The end. :)