Sittin’ and Waitin’

This has nothing to do with children or school or teaching or parenting but I simply must write about it and since this is my place, my blog I guess some space should be made here for it.  So here goes.

I really dislike sitting in public places to wait on someone.  Today, my husband asked me to meet his at a particular place and as expected I arrived first.  Also as expected I had to wait approximately forty-five minutes.  So there I was, sitting in a public place, waiting.  Luckily for HIM, there was a stall nearby which caught my attention.  It was a small stall with computer accessories on sale.  Although none of the items at the stall were of interest to me, the variety of people who visited the stall was very interesting… and so my time was spent observing the people.

There were males and females; young, middle-aged and old.  Some looked real fashionable, others looked like real geeks.  Some looked like parents.  One guy looked like a cowboy – no kidding – hat ‘n all.  There were some older folk with grey hair.  It was amazing.

Yet there were two people who caught my attention the most.  One was a lady dressed in a track pants, T-shirt and sneakers.  She had a messenger bag on her left shoulder and a knapsack on her right shoulder.  Her hair was almost totally grey.  She was interested in the price of a bag.  It was a laptop bag of course but I guess she thought it was an ordinary knapsack like the one on her right shoulder so she asked in local palance, “How much for the bag?”  Her reaction to the $200+ response was subtle, but to so keen an observer as I, it was hilarious.  Her eyebrows shot up, her eyes opened wide and her head went back a notch in shock.  In an effort to compose herself she mumbled something about how those bags ‘mash up’ so quickly, motioning to the one on her right shoulder.  I looked at it because I was a keen observer and heard her very mumblings which were probably missed by others in closer proximity and of lesser interest or observation skills.  With that, she put her head in the air and walked away as if to say, “Although I cannot afford that bag, which looks quite like the cheap one on my right shoulder, I am in no way a lesser human being that you all who happened to witness my utter shock at the price.”  When she was a safe distance away and I came out of the reverie, for I was quite taken with her, I laughed – visibly and heartily.

You may recall that I mentioned two characters who caught my attention.  Well the second was a guy whom I thought I knew from somewhere and it was this thought that kept me looking at him.  He approached the stall, asked a few questions then walked away.  Shortly afterwards, he returned to the stall, took out a few hundred-dollar bills and walked away with a big bag and a big smile… literally.  I knew the feeling of owning a new electronic gadget or computer accessory.  It’s sheer joy!  Yet as he walked away, my thoughts were not joyful.  I thought about how easy it was for him to simply hand over several hundred dollars to the sales clerk when for me, I would have had to save for a month or two before getting myself that coveted gadget.  That thought snapped me plumb out of my observations and reminded me of where I was and what I was doing… sitting and waiting and oh how I dislike sitting and waiting.

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4 thoughts on “Sittin’ and Waitin’

  1. Maybe he saved for months too. Maybe he walked away to go withdraw from his….savings account. If maybe he stole the money from a drug dealer….or robbed the bank with the sleight of his hand…cmon, intrigue us….u cannot possibly end your people watching episodes with sensible logic. Write on! People are marvellous sources of perpetual entertainment.

  2. I too am an avid people-watcher. I make stories up in my head about people I observe all the time. Sometimes, the stories I make up expose to me prejudices I wasn’t even aware I had and force me to confront them, but most times they are the source of utmost hilarity! In my head, there is a continuous comedy show going on when I people-watch!

    Joanne is right though, you can’t just end there… Explore! Delve deeper… maybe the woman who walked away is actually a rich but is too stingy to spend it – or perhaps she does spend it, but never on herself, only her children… Give the people voices. Imagine them saying “Good Lord” in a British accent or “O Gad oi!” like a Trini. You will laugh even more and forget your own troubles!

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