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February 28, 2008

February 28 (Because I'm So Creative With Titles)

When I'm out in public, I fully expect any conversation I have to be heard by at least 4 or 5 others. Mostly because I'm one of the world's worst eavesdroppers myself. I'll listen to any discussion going around me unless I'm absorbed in some activity of my own.

Last time I was on the bus, two people behind me began talking. They'd (probably) just come from a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Some of their expressions sounded like what you'd hear in a place like that. "What was your drug of choice?", "How long have you been sober?", etc. I don't remember the exact details of the conversation (and I probably shouldn't repeat it anyway). Things about methadone and halfway houses, etc.

You can often tell from the way that people speak what they're going to look like. I don't expect to know a person's hair color from their voice but race, gender, and age are usually accurate. The tone of the teenage girl's voice was high and she spoke quickly and with a little more emotion than most older people do. The male sounded black and somewhere in his 20's or 30's. My suspicions were confirmed when they walked past me on their way out the back door of the bus. The guy was just as I described and slender. The girl's round, cherubic face was framed by long, blond hair, some of it pulled up into a ponytail.

For just a brief second, I almost teared up when I realized all she had gone through at such a young age. She couldn't have been more than 19 years old.*

*The guy too. It sounded like he'd been through just as much. It's just a little more tragic if somebody's under 20.

6 comments:

Titania Starlight said...

My husband is pretty good at that. He is more ofa people watcher/listener then I am.

That is sad that they have been through so much. It is good to see that they are trying to get their lives worked out.

Nikhil said...

Yes. the poor kids. no one thinks of them after they turn 16.

Nice template :)

Berryvox said...

Yeah, I hope everything works out for them. :)

FerdC ~ Crazy Medical Cases said...

It's good that they are aware of their problem at such a young age, and that they are working on it and supporting each other.

Erin said...

That's so depressing. Here's hoping that they both make a full recovery and never turn back.

I'm Erin, btw. You and I are battling right now over at BOTB! You've got a great blog. :)

Berryvox said...

Ferd - Definitely!

Erin - Hey, Erin! I love your blog. (Geez, I hope people who run blogs I don't like don't comment. I'll have to come up with something else to say to them. :D )