I had a bizarre encounter and I just feel the need to tell someone (hence posting it).
This Sunday, before Mass, a man rudely gestured and yelled at me from inside his car as I was parking my car in the Church parking lot. I have no idea why and I have no idea why it bugs me so much. I feel like I did something wrong, but I can’t figure out what.
The Church is right outside my neighborhood, so my drive there was basically me leaving my neighborhood exit and waiting for the police officer to direct me to go into the Church parking lot (we have a police officer help with traffic flow). No one was behind or in front of me in my neighborhood and I only did what the police told me to do when pulling into the parking lot. So I don’t think I did anything rude on the main road, before getting to the parking lot.
The only thing I can think of is it was taking me time to back into a spot because I have to use my mirrors (I can’t whip into a spot like those with the backup cameras do). A lot of us parishioners back in because after Mass is over, the parking lot is filled with little kids running around and it’s a lot easier to see pulling forward than backing out (especially for me as, again, I don’t have backup cameras in my older car). I don’t want to hit anyone.
I was there well before Mass and before I started to back in a spot, there was no one behind me because I always look before I back in a spot far from the Church (I like to take the extra steps/walk). So it wasn’t like I was going to make him late, wasn’t holding up a bunch of cars trying to park in the first row, and besides, I was already in the process of backing into the spot when he choose to pull into the row I was in.
We both got into the Church with time to spare (15 minutes before Mass started). He was just sitting in a pew when I came in the church. He happened to see me and glared at me, still angry.
I should let it go, I know. But this man was so angry and full of hate towards me (right before Mass we both attended) and I don’t know why.