Over, Sideways, and Under

February 7, 2014

One girl asked about the countries the other had visited and the other responded with a big “hmm” followed by a “Do I need to list them all?”

There are certainly days when I catch myself eavesdropping on a nearby conversation for amusement. My ears are young and my mind wanders a lot when it is bored. For instance, the other day while I was eating lunch in a small italian cafe, I was drawn by the conversation two teenage girls were having a couple of tables away from me. The whole place was almost empty except for the three of us and the lady at the counter.

From the sound of it, they were talking about the places they’ve been to. One girl asked about the countries the other had visited and the other responded with a big “hmm” followed by a “Do I need to list them all?”. That statement tickled my fancy. Surprised that such a young girl (possibly 15 to 17) had been to so many places, I continued to listen.

She started with Asia–China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and so on before moving on to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Tanzania, Egypt. Then to a handful of US states, and lastly to Europe. I was astonished. For each country she mentioned, she added a comment about how she felt visiting there with her family.

As I walked back to the apartment, my mind raced with images of the things she did in the places she visited and I wonder if there are others like her I could meet in this new city. A city of abundant races and culture.

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