I am tickled to share today a story about Pam Thompson, the wife of a pastor from West Fargo. Last week, some hooligan snatched her purse out of her vehicle as she was loading in her groceries in South Fargo. But Pam was having none of that. She grabbed the man’s shirt and later his hair and stayed in close pursuit as he ran to get away. This scene caught the attention of three other female shoppers (two on foot and one in a vehicle) who also got involved in helping retrieve Pam’s purse. In the end, the women prevailed and the hooligan took off.
Well, excuse me for the term I am about to use, but it must be said – the pastor’s wife is a badass. Now, for those of you unfamiliar with this term – those who may think it is derogatory – let me assure you that it is not. It simply means (in my current context) that she is not to trifled with and unafraid to step up. If you need greater clarification of the various uses for the term you should see the more colorful Urban Dictionary definitions. Some examples of badasses: Dirty Harry, Navy Seals, Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks, and Rosie the Riverter.
You wouldn’t know to look at Pam Thompson that she is a force to be reckoned with. She looks as pleasant and sweet as a person can come. But there was no way she was not about to give up her purse which had about $200 in it at the time.
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Now, I know I should remind everyone reading this that it can be very dangerous to fight back in this type of situation. There is no amount of money that is worth endangering your life for and Pam realizes that. It is good that it ended without her being injured and her purse in hand. And yet, even though we know it could have ended differently, don’t you just want to issue a “Hell Yeah!” to Pam and the other women who were not prepared to back away from a crime in progress? Don’t you like the idea that hooligans like that may think twice before they try and rip off another amiable lady who they assume will merely scream and wring her hands? Take note hooligans…badasses come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes they are the Pastor’s wife.
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