Has anyone ever said something to you that was so unexpected, so undeserved and unprovoked that your brain couldn't process it in order to respond immediately?
I am not one to generally be caught without a witty comeback, or unable to verbally express what immediately comes to mind, but it happened today.
I went to my parents' local Target with my kids and my Mom. (Yes, we're in California, we drove all day yesterday...would you believe we only had to make 1 lunch and 2 potty stops! My kids are veteran road-trippers!) We were browsing, looking for a specific color tank to go under a blouse for my Mom, birthday gifts for a niece and nephew, kid toothpaste and sunblock. Nice combo, eh?
We walked past the $ spot and decided to peruse it. They had some cute plastic bowls with cartoon characters, we looked at them for a bit, we walked past to see what else was offered. A minute after, I decided those bowls would be perfect for road-trip snacking and turned around to pick some out. My girls were there next to me, and so I asked them which ones they preferred as I stood to the side of the end cap and reached for a different color that was in the center of the shelf.
There was an older woman (retired age) standing directly in front of the shelf looking at the same bowls. I was at least 3 feet away and did not have the cart with me. As I reached my arm out for a pink bowl that I thought Syd would love, an older man (turned out to be her husband) came out of nowhere and bellowed very loudly and rudely at me, "Excuse me, we were here FIRST!"
At first I didn't know he was talking to me because I was looking at 1 of at least 500 bowls and I wasn't encroaching on anybody's personal space. His wife then chided him for being so rude and I think he apologized, but said something I didn't quite understand, and motioned to his rear-end as if he was saying he was grumpy from having diarrhea and that's why he barked at me.
This whole time, I'm looking at him, jaw on the floor, probably looking pretty dazed and confused...but I couldn't formulate anything in reply. I.DIDN'T.SAY.A.WORD. I was totally incapable of it in that moment. It was a pretty odd experience for me, and I'm still a bit perplexed by it.