An old woman, cheery in face and sweet in demeanor, shuffled into the library with her walker.
I greeted her from my seat behind the library counter. Her face lit up. "Oh, I haven't seen you in a long time!" she said.
I had N O I D E A who she was.
She must have seen that on my face. "What is your name, honey?"
I told her.
"Oh my oh my oh my, look at you all grown up! What a pretty girl you are! My, my how time flies."
Still, N O I D E A who this woman was. So I asked, "And I know you how?"
She went on to put me in a class with her girls, and then remembered I was younger than that.
But I didn't go to school in the town I work in and when she realized I wasn't who she thought I was she saddened a bit and then instantly cheered, "Well, it is a pleasure to meet you!" she smiled. She then made my day complimenting our wonderful town library.
She was such a dear.
She settled in to wait for her family who was using the computer while I went back to work. But her sweetness stayed with me and brought to mind a conversation I had with my husband this week.
At the beginning of the school year, I saw a girl I had gone to school with. For the life of me I could not remember her name. Later, it hit me but I couldn't remember if it was pronounced Cas-ee or Cay-cee. So, I just have not said hello.
In my defense, she hasn't either.
But, the thing is, I DO know who she is even if she didn't recognize me. And it is driving me crazy to not say hello. And why don't I say hello? Because I can't remember the correct enunciation of her name?
Her husband dropped one of their boys off this week. HIS name I remember. Matt. You can't really mess up the name MATT. But, because I haven't talked to his wife yet...six months into the school year, how sad is THAT (and in my defense, I don't see her often)...I didn't say hello to him.
When I told my husband this, he called me out. "That was rude!" he chastised me. My husband talks to everyone...me, not so much. At all.
"But I couldn't be talking to him when I haven't talked to her. That just looks so wrong!" I defended myself.
How much nice would I have been had I not said "Hey! We went to school together and now your kids go to this school? Good to see you!" That's all I should have said because every time I think back to then, that's what I know I should have said.
I could have been nice.
Why do I have such a hard time talking with people I actually know? A complete stranger of a woman mistook me for someone she knew and was still sweet to me. I could learn a lot from her.
A whole lot.
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