OK-so I like to stereotype-what can I do about it?
Even though, I like to THINK that not EVERYONE belongs in a category and not ALL people from a certain city, sect, religion, etc. are the same, every so often, stereotypes do come along.
HOWEVER, rest assured folks-I was wronged in my stereotyping of people. Here's how it happened:
We were in NYC walking down one of the famous 'avenues' of Boro Park (sorry, I don't remember if it was 18th, 16th, 14th, etc.) and this woman passes us by. She's dressed to kill-literally. She was wearing GORGEOUS fashion boots-even I was jealous of how her legs looked in them. They were black leather, with a gorgeous 2.5 inch platform. Working our way up, she had a short straight skirt-right on her knee, a STUNNING coat, with a huge collar, and a big belt to accentuate her tiny waist, at which point the bottom of the coat-3/4 length, lay beautifully along her hips. She wore humongous 'Hollywood' type sunglasses to conceal her eyes (always keep a mysterious air) and her short blond wig was topped with a black sequenced berret-a la Gossip Girl style. She looked like a model.
So, she passes us on the street and turns out-what a shock-there is a connection and we somehow know the same people. Although I don't remember who stopped who on the 'avenue' and how the convo started-I do remember thinking how odd it is that this woman who looked like she walked outta the studio was talking to random people (us, out-of-towners) on the street. She looked like she wouldn't give someone the time of day-let alone a 2 minute conversation.
Turns out, she 'dabbles in shidduchim'. ok, 'like everyone else' was my first thought. But get this: the reason why she likes to do shidduchim, she explained is to show Hakaros HaTov to Hashem as all her kids are B"H married, and living happy lives.
WOW-This was impressive. Who woulda thought a blond-stereotype lookin airhead, fashionista outta Brooklyn would (a) talk like this (b) really MEAN it (c) really care? I woulda thought: good for her, her kids are married-let her go get Botox shots and continue with Yoga-but NO! This woman had 'content' and she really meant what she said!
So-lesson learned! Don't JUDGE people, don't stereotype, or atleast give people a chance=they may JUST impress you.