Tuesday, November 29, 2016
An Awkward Pause
On the way, I noticed someone who I used to be friends with. We'd shared dinner dates and common experiences and laughter in the past... and while we weren't really on those do-stuff-together terms now, it was more due to growing-apart and lives moving on than any sort of relationship strife. So, I leaned into a seat to say Hello.
It was a "Hey, it's good to see you, how have you been?" followed by a polite "Good, thanks..." and... then started busily texting into her phone... sign of dismissal.
I sat there, perched on the arm of the seat, thinking, Hmm... well, this is good and awkward. Now what? I opened my mouth a couple times, but eventually settled on standing back up and saying, "Well, I just wanted to stop and say Hello..." before making my escape to the lobby where someone who is actually a friend was waiting for me.
It was an odd interaction that had roots in I-don't-know-what... I thought about it on my drive home. What WAS that? And, of course, you come up with a bunch of Maybe's. But, in the end, what I settled on was Well. I guess, now you know? and let it go at that.
Not all endings need a reason.