I was meeting a friend to do some studying the other night then noticed them immediately as I walked in the door. A three-set of stereotypical sorority girls: blonde, overly mystic tanned, loud, squeaky, matching North face jackets. Their table was next to ours and I couldn’t help myself. Immediately engaged in the three second rule, I purposely overheard their conversation.
…wonder what he’s doing?
He’s got a lot of paper work….
…2…They were talking about my friend who was already busily at work…3…
…but he’s using a marker?
…4… “We’re Teachers.”
The trio turned their attention to me and in unison exclaimed “Ohhhhhh!”, and I had to continue somehow. “Sorry, either I’m too nosey or you are but I couldn’t resist myself.”
“(giggles) It’s probably me that was too nosey (giggle)!”
Smiling, turning my attention away, pulling my own stacks of paperwork out …1…2…3… and they were already discussing the next stop on their bar crawl. I forgot my lines and it was past the three second window – attempting to get them engaged again would look needy now. There was no need for my partner to look up from his work or complete his thought:
“You know”, he started “you did it agai…”
“I know! I know!” I whispered through my teeth “I only had three seconds to think of an opener”, and couldn’t think of anything more interesting, challenging, dangerous, or important than being an educator.
“Mmmm hmm”, he replied.
Then we got back to work. I was in such a different mindset last Saturday…