Awkward Encounters of the Proselytizing Kind

You may or may not know there's a hurricane headed towards New England as we speak, or that it's what experts are calling a "perfect storm" (converging with a cold front, and during a full moon). I really don't know why it's called a "perfect storm" because, my opinion is that, a "perfect storm" would be one that left zero damage and wasn't frightening in the least. Well, I'm not frightened yet, just trying to make some preparations.

The boyfriend and I decided to head to Wal-Mart (I know, I know... but we needed some cheap supplies) to see what things we could find that would make the hurricane bearable or amusing. I wandered off on my own to see if they carried oil-burning lamps and, as I was walking down the aisle, felt as though I were being followed. When I looked behind me, there were just a couple of benign-looking college-age girls a couple hundred feet back. Phew!! Of course THEY'RE not following me! And I continued scouring the shelves.

When I reached the end of the aisle, they were right behind me and then stopped me. "Can we show you this video to get your reaction?" Uh, sure? I thought it was something like "a teen responds to this video" (I look young for my age, especially with no make-up on and wearing a pony tail), but they assured me it was for school. When one of the girl was trying to pull up the video on her device, I saw the word "Heavenly..." and asked if it was religious. Yes, for religious studies. I told them I wasn't interested, but they thought it would make some difference that what they were peddling was a "Heavenly MOTHER". Nope, still not interested in either mothers or father. "Oh, are you atheist?" "I'm not religious, no."

I felt so uncomfortable. My face probably turned red. I always imagine having someone approach me and having all these clever quips, but I really just wanted them to go away instead. It's really quite invasive. I mean, to just be put on the spot like that, out of nowhere, is disconcerting. I said I wasn't religious and avoided calling myself "atheist" because I didn't want them to push further and start trying to convince me there's a god. Frankly, it's none of their business. I shouldn't have to defend or explain, or even give the gist of, my beliefs (or lack thereof) while grocery shopping.

I have no idea if they really were college students doing some kind of research, but I doubt it. I'm sure that's just a ruse to get people to talk to them. And I bet even Christians would find this annoying since I'm sure they don't feel like being convinced their god is a SHE rather than a HE. Not to mention the fact that the intro was super cheesy!

Oh yeah, and I got to overhear some kid at my college approaching random people in the cafe area and asking if they knew where they were going when they died. It looked like he was only interested in talking to dudes; probably was told not to talk to girls because it's inappropriate or something. I would've been prepared that time. Oh well.

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