Today’s writing prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress:
We often hear strange snippets of conversation as we walk through public spaces. When was the last time you overheard something so interesting, ridiculous, or disturbing you really wanted to know what it was all about?
Like many people who are working their way through college, I spent some time waiting tables to earn money for tuition. One of the restaurants where I worked at had a couple of banquet rooms that customers could use if they had a large group of people in their party. I usually worked evenings so I often waited on a group that was using a banquet room.
When waiting on a group in the banquet room, it’s common to hear bits and pieces of several different conversations. A waitress has to be tuned into a guest’s questions and requests; typically, what’s being discussed between members of a dinner party doesn’t even register.
One evening I was waiting on a party of about twenty people in one of the banquet rooms. As one might expect, I had to keep a pretty quick pace going to keep up with them. But that evening, I caught a bit of conversation that grabbed my attention.
A few of the ladies in the group were discussing a woman who had slipped into a coma after an auto accident. Apparently, she had been on her way to meet with a daughter she had been estranged with for several years. I thought it a very tragic twist of fate.
I was busy bringing entrees and when I got to the women who had earlier been discussing the accident victim, I heard them say something about a young girl that was pregnant who ran away from home with her boyfriend. Then, when I refilled their drinks, they were talking about a man who was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. They said that his wife had started an affair soon after he’d become incarcerated. I said to myself,” Holy smokes! How do they know such juicy gossip?”
I was serving dessert and made my way around to where the women were seated; by then, I was eavesdropping on them. They were now chatting about a doctor who was stealing drugs from the hospital where he worked and was selling them through a third-party. I was intrigued, wanting to find out more about these women. I wondered how they knew so many people who were living such dramatic lives.
I brought coffee to one of the ladies in the gossip group. She looked at me and smiled; she said, “Oh don’t mind us, we’re just getting caught up on our t.v. stories.”
Television stories? I laughed and said to myself, ” no wonder their conversation was full of such incredible drama- they’re talking about a flippin’ soap opera!”
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