nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

An odd encounter

On Saturday, I did a little flea marketing, and one passerby asked my name. When I said "Nancy", she said, "What's your last name?" and when I said "Lebovitz", she said, "Oh, you're Jewish, you look Jewish, I have Jewish friends." (dialogue approximate and from memory).

I asked for her name, and she didn't give it and left.

I'm somewhat nonplussed by this. While I can sympathize with her desire to see whether her impressions are correct, I felt a bit aggressed upon, and I think the fact that she wouldn't give her name suggests that she knew her behavior was at least a little out of line.

While this wasn't a great big deal (didn't spoil my mood for the day), it's still on my mind, and I'm wondering if anyone can help me unpack the issues involved and/or has suggestions if I run into that sort of thing again.
Tags: life with people
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