I am nosy by nature (not ’cause I hate cha). It’s really the only way a little sister can survive. One of my favorite gifts growing up with the Spytech listening device I got. Haha! There are definitely things I wish I never saw, like some paperwork about a relative’s past and love letters written to my brother from a high school girlfriend. But overall, I think my eavesdropping and interest in the goings on around me have been rather harmless. In any event, I tend to pay attention to the conversations around me.
Just this morning, I overheard a middle-aged male co-worker ask an older male co-worker, “Were you in love or were you in lust?” To add a visual, both guys take style cues from Dwight Shrute and behavior cues from an extra in a non-speaking role for a scene that takes place among cubicles. The older co-worker may or may not be married to a mail order bride from an Eastern European country. For the record, his answer was, “It was love.”
Recently, though, I’ve been more amused by what I’ve overheard at Target. Maybe it’s because Target is a second home for many of us or maybe it’s the agita boiling up from a quick trip for garbage bags turning into a $300 expedition that evokes such emotion or causes people to think about serious life issues. Here’s a recap of a few recent convos that got me thinking I should never go to Target with family members:
New Mom Breakdown
Listen – who hasn’t been in the middle of a department store and had a complete meltdown? In this case, it was a new mom, a clueless dad and their baby meandering down the aisle I was in. Out of seemingly nowhere, the beleaguered new mom starts crying – loudly – and tells her husband/partner that things have to change, she can’t handle it anymore, he has to come home earlier, etc. These are all important things to say, but nevertheless, quite uncomfortable for a stranger to overhear. I sure hope they talked about this at home and he made accommodations to help her out more, but until I know that for certain, I’ll be avoiding mom-dad-baby combos while shopping.
Serious Talk With a Seriously Young Kid
Then there was the time I could hear a woman describing what menstruation is. I looked up to see a mom pushing a girl young enough to sit in the front seat of the carriage while explaining for a week every month girls at a certain age will bleed for a week. Oh geez. Note to self: have answers to these sorts of questions prepared ASAP because apparently they will come early and at unexpected times.
Things You Have to Say to Toddlers
Same trip as the period talk, I encountered a mom talking sternly to her toddler daughter who was crying hysterically because she wanted a step stool for her birthday. Apparently, the little girl had not disclosed this want earlier and a different gift had already been purchased. So, no step stool for her! Wait: that reminded me – one of the things I was supposed to be looking for here was a step stool! Crap! I can’t put a step stool in my cart now in front of this little girl! My takeaway from this battle was that we all struggle with toddlers and their weird demands. It’s a special club, isn’t it?
Are you nosy, too? Any good stories to share?