I saw a former neighbor when I was out shopping in the real world. I hadn’t seen her in years, which was fine by me.
I’m a person who believes that losing contact with some people along the way is healthy because we’re not meant to stay in touch with everyone we’ve ever known.
When former neighbor spotted me, there was nowhere to hide, so I smiled. My smile was sincere, just not in the way that I imagine former neighbor thought it was.
You see, I was smiling because I knew I was about to find out a few things that were wrong with me. This is because former neighbor knows everything.
Yes, she knows it all. She is always right.
I’m sorry to tell you, my gentle readers, I am wrong. About almost everything. All the time.
‘Tis a miracle that I can hold my head up high when I walk out my front door. THAT’S HOW WRONG I AM.
And true to form, after a bit of “where do you live now?” chit-chat, she started rabbiting on, allowing me to learn that I am wrong about 3 specific things. They are: 1) the value of higher education; 2) what sterling silver really is; and 3) that I’m getting my hair cut at the wrong place.
Fortunately the conversation ended there because she spotted someone else she knew– and needed to correct. So I took the opportunity to walk away, saying “good-bye” as I scurried in the opposite direction from where she was standing.
But as I was doing so, in a moment of self-awareness, I realized that shopping online is easier and quieter, with fewer distractions– and less criticism.