At work yesterday I came across an elderly Persian woman, well, actually, she flagged me down--approaching ME about an issue she hoped I could resolve.
In the mist of our conversation she suddenly started crying; sobbing loudly ... I mean REALLY ... she seemed to totally lose control. I pulled over ... got out of the car and held her. I had no idea what the problem was. In broken English she explained--apparently, the issue she needed assistance with occurred the day before, she was only 'now' finding out about this "issue" because she & her husband didn't speak.
According to the lady, they have been married 50 years, but the husband rarely spoke to her, he hated her and blamed her for problems their adult children were having--it was all her fault because she
is their mother [a cultural thing, I believe]. "He said I should DIE and get it over with," she said.
My natural instincts kicked in and I did my best to console and encourage her. I held her & rubbed her back a little [my experience from volunteer work with my seniors kicking in as well]. "Your husband is wrong, you shouldn't just DIE and get it over with," I said.
Eventually, I left her with a few suggestions, and a phone number. She smiled at me, "God bless you." She was feeling a little better, she would go home and do what I said regarding the original "issue." Then, she touched my hair ... & smiled again.
I could see that she was feeling better, but I was totally unprepared when she leaned over and kissed me on the cheek -- a wet
kiss at that.
I don't do
wet kisses on the cheek--EVER ... unless it's a child (otherwise, I freak out..lol).
I helped her across the street, then practically RAN to my car to get bacteria wipes so I could wipe my face, well, in the area of the "kiss." Random thought
-- This is nothing against the lady, BUT ... A WET KISS ON THE CHEEK AIN'T FOR ME -- EWWWWWWWWWWWW.
I'm just particular
But thank goodness for a good supply of bacteria wipes.