It’s raining. I don’t have an umbrella. “Here, borrow mine,” she remarked “I’ve had this for 15 years! “Its a Totes with a wooden handle, so it’s heavy, but small enough to keep in your purse.” Why did she have to say that? I felt immediately burdened. Who keeps an umbrella for 15 years? What if I misplaced it or lost it?
Ive never kept an umbrella long enough to remember how long I had it. Umbrellas seem to just appear in closets whenever I needed one . No one told me I had to save them. But she could even tell me about how she lost her original wooden handled Totes at Mc Donald’s 15 years ago! Now, I feel guilty because I was probably the guy who found it, used it, and then threw it away.
Today I attended the annual city wide track meet. These events can take forever to begin,and then if you are in the middle of a conversation, you miss the race. And if you aren’t talking to someone, there is little else to do, unless you are observing people. So, while chatting and not listening to an acquaintance,I noticed a man who looked like Anderson Cooper, enter the Porta Potty.He had on a white V-neck T-shirt, white pants, and sported that AC360 short cropped signature AC hair style. What would Jesus do? What would you do?? Do I knock and chat from the outside of the potty? Can I speak without chucking at the use of the word “potty” with adults? Do I wait for him to get out and introduce myself and shake his hand? Do those potties have hand sanitizers? Forget shaking his hand? Do I tell him he looks like Anderson Cooper?…… Oh shit! my son is in the race!