Coffee and Conversations
by Cookie McCookerson
Strangers' conversations fascinate me. I find each and every person undeniably interesting in some shape, form, or fashion. Perhaps this is because I developed expert listening skills as an introverted child, always listening in to adults' conversations. I learned to decipher what their mumblings meant.
As an outgoing adult, I still find myself listening to conversations. Some may call it "eavesdropping" but I like to think of it as my personal reality TV show that's commercial free. One evening last week in my neighborhood coffee shop I was diligently researching the interwebs when my ears pricked up as I heard this middle aged couple discuss details about buying a used car. This is ultimately where their conversation wound up.
Woman: This might sound really morbid... but I thought what if Mary dies tomorrow? [long pause] I mean I have nothing to wear.
Man: Yes, that is morbid.
Woman: I mean I have literally nothing to wear, the dress, the shoes. Nothing. I should go shopping soon.
Man: Just wait 'til after.
Woman: But it will take forever. I don't have anything!
A long pause ensues as the man thinks about it. He grabs her hand cradling it in his own.
Man: Ok, well just as long as you get something that's nice enough for me to take you out in.
Woman: Oh, ok. So maybe something navy instead of black?