Shaken Not Stirred

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hello/Goodbye

I saw an old friend at a bookstore the other day. I recognized her after awhile. She walked in and I thought there was something familiar about her, but couldn't place her. She didn't see me because she was busy with four children, the youngest in her arms. The children's noise is what first made me look up and take notice.

After I had placed her, I thought I should go up and say hello. We did go to the movies together several times in junior high. We sat at the same lunchroom table. In high school, she her family had moved out of town, so we lost touch. I thought I should say hello, but then what would I say? Hello and then goodbye? So I kept my silence.

She never saw me, or at least I don't think she did.

What do you say to old friends, especially ones you haven't seen since junior high. There really isn't anything to talk about. And it isn't like we would become quick friends all over again and have dinner. One of our common friends Missy said that maybe she was new back in town and could use some old friends. But Missy is a chick, she's all about increasing her circle of friends (was that horrible for me to say).

Speaking of children, what did everyone think of the tennis player who lobbed a ball towards the crying child in the stands. On the flip side, what was a parent thinking bringing a small child to a tennis match?

8 Comments:

  • I woudl say just a polite, "Hello, how are you doing?" then after the exchange of "Good, Great" a quick "Take care' and go about your business.

    By Blogger Rocketstar, at 3:51 PM  

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    By Blogger Rocketstar, at 3:51 PM  

  • I too would have stopped by for a quick hello but I'm a bullshitter so that may just be me.

    By Blogger Travis Erwin, at 5:24 PM  

  • I would've said "hi" unless the old friend was too busy with children.

    Now, Ferrer made a HUGE mistake. I would never bring a small child to a tennis match, but Ferrer's reaction was completely wrong.

    There's no reason to try to hit a baby girl for any reason.

    And for any non-tennis players that don't think it's possible to hit someone in the stands on purpose,you'd be very wrong.

    By Blogger Jay Noel, at 1:00 PM  

  • I have to fully admit I am BAD I don't want to see people I went to HS/JH with I usually duck, or act like I didn't see them. Yes, I am awful

    By Blogger Phats, at 4:22 PM  

  • I would have said and done nothing..most likely. chitchatty small talk make me more uncomfortable than a wedgie.

    By Blogger ├ůsa, at 9:59 PM  

  • I can see your point of view Angel and I probably would have done the same thing.

    By Blogger Mr. Shife, at 12:21 AM  

  • Therein lies one of my beefs with Facebook. I probably would have done what you did. If you were interested in keeping up with each other's lives, you probably would have, right?

    By Blogger Duck, at 2:34 PM  

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