Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Younger Woman

Last week I went to a meeting, and myself and a few coworkers arrived earlier. While we waited, an older man, which is what we'll call him for the purposes of this story, asked a fellow coworker, a younger woman, what she had majored in at college. The younger woman seemed instantly embarrassed by this question, and turned a bright red.

"I went to school for something silly," the younger woman said.

"What was it?" the older man said.

A long pause.

"Singing," the younger woman said. "Just singing." And she looked away. The older man was silent, and I held my breath.

"If there weren't silly people in the world, then the world would be ridiculous," the older man said. And the younger woman smiled.

I like that.