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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sometimes People Make me Laugh

Today I attended the spring concert and graduation of my four year old granddaughter. It was held in the church with which her preschool is affiliated.  It was wonderful.  The two teachers did such a great job.  And the highlight was when they showed a power-point collection of photos taken during the year, and had extremely effective tear-jerking music accompanying them.  I didn't even have a tissue in my purse (ye gads--I used the sleeves of my cardigan--and was glad it was dark-- while it was being projected onto a large screen). 


The children all danced and sang as a group.  And then they received their diplomas.  Lovely thing.


Before it all began, one of the teachers stood a couple pews in front of us and asked if anyone would take photos with their school camera.  A young mother sitting in front of me eagerly volunteered.


I thought that was nice--when someone steps up to help.  And so quickly, too. :-)


As the entire production progressed, I had a fantastic view of the large LED screen on the school camera.  And within about 6 minutes, I knew who her daughter was...and who the daughter was of the woman sitting beside her, giggling and chatting.  I'd estimate that as many as 60-70% of the photos were of their two children.  *sigh*


Sometimes all you can do is laugh...and hope that someday they get it.  You know...like when their hair goes gray and they have a respectable number of years piled up behind them--that it isn't merely a catalyst to bemoan having never located the fountain of youth, or a permanent hair dye.  I mean...that somewhere along the way, they got it, you know...that the world isn't all about them?  That they share it with other people.  :-)


And, last night...  Ha! I am still laughing about it.  My husband and I went to see The Avengers--about 10 minutes of it was filmed at a location that my employer leases for some of our field trials.  So, I had the opportunity one morning last summer to go there and eat breakfast with part of the crew and the stunt people that drove the cars underground.  No...lol...I didn't actually sit with them. I sat with my boss--and I tried to do a little (okay, a lot of) stealth mode gawking. Is there such a thing?  I wanted to take pictures; I wanted to ask for autographs.  My god...I was such a tourist, and in my own backyard!  I did none of them, though.  I knew my employer would frown on it.


I digress.

So, there we were, my husband and I, standing in line last night to get our tickets.  Three 60ish ladies were in front of us.  One was taking care of getting the tickets--and asking about the loyalty card, and digging through her purse to find it, and then asking how many points she had accrued, and then how soon she would earn something for free and then what would it be, and then what would she earn next after the large free buttered popcorn?


We had arrived at the theater very late, with just enough time to get our tickets, our sodas and our get into our seats.  I had been in such a rush when I got home from work to get headed to the show, I had even forgotten to grab a hoodie or light jacket to take along. That theater is always so cold after sitting still for an hour!  So, I grabbed my silky scarf and threw it around my neck.  I had a plan.  I always have a plan.


Even running late, and the woman full of questions in front of us, didn't change our moods. We were in pleasant spirits.  The workday was done, we were ready to relax and enjoy a couple of hours of entertainment.


The other two women waiting for their friend to finish interrogating the ticket-girl kept glancing my way and talking quietly. 


Finally, one of them looked directly at me and pointed her finger while she said, "That scarf.  I know it's fashionable, I mean, it's fashionable to wear in...what I mean is...is it still fashionable to wear it THIS time of year.  Now?"


Lolol...I was momentarily speechless.


Then I smiled and said, "This theater is cold.  I didn't bring a sweater or hoodie, so I will just..." I removed the scarf from where I had quickly tossed it around my neck, shook it loose and then as I wrapped it around my shoulders, finished, "do this, and wear it as a shawl around my shoulders."

The other women poked her friend and said, "See, I told you there was a reason she was wearing that scarf this time of year."

Lolol...I think I can now say I have been officially stopped by the fashion police!


Awe, its okay.  I don't know how I've dodged them for so long, to be honest.  It's not like they had to wait for me to step off of the fashion train. lol...I've never been on it in my entire life.  They could have stopped me and interrogated me at any time.


And it only took them 52 years to catch up with me.


You know. In retrospect, I couldn't tell you what either of them were wearing ;-)


Yep...sometimes you just have to laugh at the way people behave...

 

16 comments:

  1. ... and SOMEtimes we just have to laugh at the way WE behave ... :-)))

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    1. Yes, indeed, Lee! :-) Who needs Comedy Central when there are mirrors available? ;-) lol... Thanks for visiting and leaving me a comment, my friend! :-)

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  2. I wear scarves all year long! They help cover my "red neck" when I get embarrassed, angry or annoyed. They are great for when the AC kicks on at work. They're slimming! They add a nice pop of color to an otherwise boring work ensemble. Oh, and? I LIKE them!

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    1. All wonderful reasons to wear a scarf! :-)

      Any time of the year ;-)

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  3. PS Remember when I was in 9th grade and I wore one of your Kansas concert t-shirts to school and a girl in my Chorus class asked me, "Who is Kansas?" Then she informed me they all thought it was a new band they never heard of. Maybe those ladies were looking to you as a fashion trailblazer. They probably just want someone to give them "permission" to go rogue and wear a scarf on a warm day!

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    1. I had forgotten all about that, Zigzee. Looking back, do you see how independent you were? The other girls were worried that they'd missed something that was trending--that the herd was following. You, on the other hand, were not afraid to strike out and determine your own concept of cool. :-) <3 Just one more reason I'm always so proud of you. :-)

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  4. Yes, people ARE funny, silly, self-centered; all of it, LOL. Bet you looked great with that scarf, Teresa. Enjoyed your post, as always.

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    1. Thanks, Deb. Oh, the fashion police...I'll probably remember that as long as I live--and laugh each time I do! :-) Thanks for visiting. :-)

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  5. Did someone REALLY call you out on your scarf?!? I'm shocked at the rudeness! Scarves are always in season, I say.

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    1. lolol...yes, Stephanie. Had I been thinking on my feet, I could have asked them for their fashion police ID ;-) lol...

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  6. HIlarious! I have a whole box of scarves, I wear them all year. Sometimes three at a time. I like mixing the colours up. Your granddaughter's graduation- what a wonderful occasion- good thing you had an absorbent sleeve :-)
    (And thank you for your lovely comment on my bunting post- yes, we have got the new place sorted, and long before we need to be cleared from Rosehill. Farmer Landlord is happy for us to take our time, so the situation is as good as it can be- the new place is two miles out of town, sat in some lovely well kept farmland.)

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    1. I am sooooo happy for you guys! I can hardly wait to read the posts as you get to know your new home--and the photos too! Glad you have fields to roam! :-)

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  7. Hmm ... I thought scarves were something that could be worn all year long, though I did have a friend once tell me I couldn't wear an orange scarf with a navy blue sweater. Glad you had the last laugh.

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    1. lol...Jess, see how much sense I have? I thought navy blue was one of those colors you can wear anything with :-) ! Will see you later or tomorrow for SSS. Thanks for visiting! :-)

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  8. Funny Teresa... I only use a scarf in winter time, I'm feeling too hot already, I need air around me... it's great you had a good time!

    Jan's place...

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  9. You handled the scarf comment gracefully. I see people wear scarves all year long, btw, sometimes with short-sleeved shirts.

    Your granddaughter's preschool graduation sounds like it was lovely. My daughter just graduated preschool and all of the children sang for the parents. It was bittersweet, but mostly sweet.

    How cool that you got to go onto the set of The Avengers!

    Be well...

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