I've noticed an odd thing about myself (yes, another one, probably number 1,000,000, should I ever index and chronicle them) (hmm, that's a character idea) about what I will and will not look at, listen to, and so on, in public.
I will always eavesdrop on conversations, cell phone or "live and in person". I don't look into people's windows or open doors. I will check out others' shopping baskets at a grocery store to see what they're buying. I always try to see what someone is reading. I never look at someone else's computer screen. I watch children and animals to ensure they're okay although I don't watch the children too carefully because some are paranoid about a man looking at their child. It's the world we live in.
Returning to the grocery store, an elderly woman on Sunday was ahead of me. She had two gallons of ice cream and a half gallon of milk. Her ice cream was nut fudge ripple and espresso mocha.
I had a salad. She looked at my salad and said, "That looks good."
I laughed. "I was thinking the same thing about your ice cream."
She smiled and nodded. "I had a salad earlier. Now I'm treating myself."
She paid, her items were bagged. She struggled to get them into the cart and looked at me. "These are heavy. Feel them."
I felt them, helped her, and agreed they were heavy. "And you're young," she said. "Imagine when you're my age. I'm ninety."
She trotted away with her purchase, and I thought, when I'm ninety, I'm going to eat ice cream, too.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com