“Well goodbye, and good luck with your new kitties.” I wave to the people I have just spent a half hour talking to in the pet store, and turn to a friend who grimaces, and says, do you know everybody?
“Umm, I don’t know them” I reply.
“What? Well how about the other person you were talking to at the door, and that guy from the discount store, and those people that you were talking to last week in the supermarket.”
Nope, don’t know them either.
The look on her face is pretty much the same as the one my husband gets on his when I finish talking to perfect strangers. It’s one of how do you get into conversations with strangers, and end up talking to them for so long.
It’s easy, work retail for most of your life, starting a convo with a stranger is second nature. I’m the one at the party who cruises to the new people layering the edges of the room, and starts talking.
You end up meeting the nicest people, and having the best conversations. I meet people in line ups at the supermarket, in the library, at parks, buying pet food, and in my retail job.
Some of them know me “from somewhere”, or think “you look familiar.” And if you are a gardener in the area that I live in, yes I am the person that worked at that nursery for over 15 years. So you do know me, and yes, it’s a small world.
I am the person that you turn to in the grocery aisle, when you are wondering if parsnips are any good. They are delicious roasted. And when you are deciding about a new shampoo, I am the person who tells you how much I love the coconut one.
I get to meet the nicest of people, and they all tell me stories of their lives, I am sure we all do it. It’s just a perk of being human, and socializing.
Funny thing is, I was extremely shy when I was a child. I mean totally embarrassed to speak up, seriously tongue tied, couldn’t say hello….and now I am Mrs. Gregarious. Nice to meet you!
So you? Do you talk to strangers? Are you a social butterfly, as my husband puts it? Or are you the one that I have to coax out of your shell? Spill….
Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams