Sunday, September 25, 2005

Someone Here Lives In A Totally Different World

...And it might be me.

I set out this morning on my weekly laundry odyssey. I loaded up a basket and trudged across the parking lot. Dressed in whatever was still clean (High School activity t shirt #539), with grooming only dictated by standards of modesty.

I met a friendly man there who greeted me, asked how I was, and talked to me about the state of the laundry room in general. I worked with my back to him for a moment and he noticed the back of my leadership retreat shirt. "Do not follow where others may lead, instead go where there is no path and Make one." (bear in mind that I have no idea what I am wearing at that moment).

"Hey, now! You into 4x4?"

"Huh? Uh, nnnooooo."

"Ain't your shirt about offroading?"

"Oh! No, it was from a High School leadership retreat."

We both made some sort of noise, realizing that both of us were clueless to a whole subset of society.


Inheritor of Heaven said...

I had similar feelings at least twice. Once was the time I went to a monster truck rally. After that I can really understand your comment about realizing there are other subsets of society unknown to me. The other time was slightly different ... more of what it feels like to be a minority... that was at a Native American PowWow. I felt like the only non-Native American there (close, but not the only) and that was really interesting. I teach in a school that is 97% Caucasian and about 3% Asian. I gained an appreciation about what they might feel like every day at school here.

Jim said...

That's such a great story, and well captured in your brief sketch. You write good.

Sometime you need to write a post detailing your Top X High School Activity T-Shirts (if you haven't already).

Scott Jones said...

You have SUCH a funnier life than I do. How come I don't get so many humourous episodes? In my line of work, you think I would!

educat said...

I am shocked that you don't, really. Although I would hope since you mainly deal with adults, it's a bit better.

Either that or I just live with my eyes in permanent roll, which might be sad.