Thursday, November 29, 2012
Overheard Conversations At The Gym
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I was at the point in To Kill A Mockingbird, where the jury begins to deliberate. I was not going to get any further in this book if I stayed home. Too many people asking me questions. So I went to the gym and scouted the most isolated cardio machine in the place. No one was anywhere near me. I read and exercised happily for 6 minutes. Another woman comes up beside me, and starts happily exercising also. Just then, a man walks up to her, leans on the machine and says, "Hey! How you been? What's this I hear about you getten a divorce?" She says it's true. He says he couldn't believe it, he thought he was so nice and took good care of her. She said, "Oh, yea, he was nice. He just had too many secrets." The man asked, "What kind of secrets?" She explained how she didn't know about his other name, and when all of this mail was being delivered to the house, she thought something was strange. Oh, the man definitely understood why she would wonder about that, and was there anything else? She then went on to tell him, "And I didn't know nothing about another marriage. When his 3 kids showed up at the door, I said what are you saying?" The man was very interested in her situation and wanted to talk and talk. I realized I was not going to finish my book if I stayed next to this conversation, so I picked up my stuff and moved to another spot and did not hear more revealed secrets. None of my business anyway. But I was distracted and kept thinking her marriage would make a good book club read that I could be reading at the gym.
Posted by Annmarie Pipa at 9:12 AM