Sorry Mom, I Talk to Strangers

The first one had just returned from Cape Town.  He told me all about cage diving with white sharks and how he thought it was grossly overrated.

The next had my imagination running away with scarfacesque druglord theories. He was a giant latino wearing thick gold chains and was constantly whispering on the phone. It certainly didnt help that he was heading to Miami. But when he started talking about his wife and children, you could tell it was breaking his heart to be away from them. He also shared with me the last of his lemon-mint drops. (Yes, I also take candy)

Then there was the middle-aged housewife who in a sudden fit of independence had taken off to europe with a Filipino church group. Barely back, she was already fretting over school supplies for her two teenaged boys. But she tells me that the Passion Play in Germany was a sight to behold and blushes as she recalls dancing on the streets of Italy. I mostly remember how her eyes lit up as she spoke of this trip which is her first ever holiday alone. So I smiled and told her she should do it again.

A career woman sort fidegting next to me complains that her schedule is so congested that she has to fix meetings at airports during transit while she globetrots. With a hint of triumph in her voice she surprises me by adding that a few years ago she was content to be a school teacher who never left town.

I’m happily dozing off when a wild-haired guy asks me what I’m listening to. So we plunge into a discussion about music and how he once followed U2 on tour. My exhaustion is forgotten as I laugh at hilarious descriptions of his french grandmother.  

I love people.


18 thoughts on “Sorry Mom, I Talk to Strangers

  1. It does sound like you’ve been spending too much time hanging around in airports. Are you a Desmond Morris fan as well? He used to hang around airports observing greeting behaviour. He was also a superb raconteur.

    1. Jack, yes I infact have been hanging around airports 🙂 taken a month off work to travel.
      and no i hadnt even heard of Morris. but i just googled him and he sounds quite a character.

  2. I would recommend Morris’s “Naked Ape” and “Human Zoo”, absolutely fascinating. He also did some illustrated ones called “Manwatching”, “Bodywatching”, “The Soccer Tribe” and a few other.

    Try them, I promise you will not be disappointed.

    1. Oh I do, Delilah, like you, I love to converse, almost with everyone who comes near. I spent at least half an year volunteering rather than finishing my thesis. I even man a suicide line two nights a week. I am learning more and more, that people are looking for listeners. I am trying to be a one.

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