She rushed to the counter like her books were shock pads and I needed CPR. I said hey and she didn’t respond. Fine by me. I hate having to go through fake formalities which can dangerously lead to chatter and unnecessary jokes that are not funny. But her silence was questionable so I glanced up at her.
Her face was furrowed in stern concentration staring at her Iphone, and again, it reminded me of a doctor that was finished with a long day of patients, surgeries and bad news. She was a doctor that finished his or her day and was now buying groceries on their way home; distracted but serious, intense and important.
She put down her phone and then acknowledge my presence and said “oh hey.” I could see the screen since it was beside the books. It was on facebook. She was looking at it so intently. I wondered what she could be waiting for; an important message, a respond to her status, an event invite.
Her phone made a sound similar to a bird chirping, and she grabbed her phone up. Rarely have I seen such aggressive jerky moves, and usually it involved sports are bar fights.
This call was important.
Wasn’t this call important?
Well, I guess the person on the other end just needed to know what her plans were for the day.
I don’t think she was a doctor, or if she was then she had the day off. She was busy and stressed out about being busy. I am not sure, but I think the stress made her more busy, and being more busy made more stressed. She was complaining in a circle and had no idea how awesome her life is. All she had to do was run into her library and check out some movies for her kids and some fiction for herself, and then all she had to do was go running in this beautiful weather. She was listing these things out in a tone as if it was terrible.
It is common to overhear many women have similar conversations in this area. They complain to each other because they have to go to the beach, they have to go to the lake and they have to do all this shopping before they can go to the beach or to the lake. They forget how amazing their life can be because they just can’t stop.
I have never seen anyone study facebook so intently.
I got off work early. I sat in the sun, rode my bike in this beautiful weather and stayed off facebook for hours. It was beautiful. There was no circles. I didn’t take if for granted. I didn’t pretend as if the easy things were stressful. These types of folks can be so ugly they become inspiring.