Today, my DH and I were on our way home after a vacation/business trip. We are on the curb at the airport when this woman approaches DH.
You can tell she’s been rode hard and put away wet. She’s disheveled, her words are a bit slurred, and her skin’s kinda leathery. She’s definitely homeless, either mentally ill or on drugs or both.
The woman comes up to DH and starts asking his name or for an ID badge. DH tries to ignore her, figuring she just wants some money. (DH never gives money to panhandlers.)
The woman keeps following us and talking to DH even after we get inside the airport. (We have not checked in yet.) At this point, I get a little weirded out; I’ve dealt with panhandlers before, but never seen one so aggressive. DH is still trying to ignore her, so I do the same. We need to go up a level to check in and go through security, so I start heading to the elevator.
As I’m making my way towards the elevator, I turn around just in time to see the woman slap DH on the face.
Adrenaline rushes through me and I find myself shouting, “Hey! Don’t touch my husband, lady!”
At this point she walks away from him, but hollers out that she was left alone with 5 kids and he’s responsible.
We got on the elevator, checked in for our flight, and are now home safe and sound, but I can’t get her off my mind.
I feel horrible for ignoring her at first and then yelling at her later. I have some mentally ill family members, and there, but for the grace of God…
How could I have been more compassionate to this woman? And if something like this happens again, what should I do? What would you do?