Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath...

Abbeville was a great little place, almost everyone was extremely nice to us there...almost.

I think Tim met the only grouchy person in town. Apparently, the festival displaced the the regular farmer's market vendors from inside the Livery Stable to outside in the parking lot this weekend. Not being from around here, we were clueless and Tim's car was sitting in a spot right where this very frustrated soul wanted to sell her veggies.

As we walked up, I heard her say to Tim in a really ticked tone, "It's about time you showed up."

She then proceeded to "give him down the road" about how the festival people had taken over the inside spots, how we were clearly instructed not to park in those spots (nobody ever told us not to park there), etc.

He calmly moved the car, came back and offered to help her mover her tables down 5 feet to where she wanted to be in the first place. By this time, she had calmed down a bit.

I think it was really more anger at the festival planners than at us. We just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and she took it out on Tim. It was amazing how his calmness in the face of her anger, even his willingness to help her move seemed to diffuse the situation.

I noticed a little while later that there was a whole bunch of cars parked where she had been. I'm not sure if the farmer's market is just a morning thing, or if she packed it in because business was bad.

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