Overheard on the fast 5:50
Two English women sat across from each other, discussing their shopping day in London.
The conversation turned to their mutual friend, Margaret, who moved to the US 30 some years ago.
The woman with the floral scarf said, “It’s funny the different paths you take in life. We did consider joining Margaret and John when they moved over there.”
“Did you!” exclaimed the other woman, who was wearing a fur Cossack hat.
“Oh, yes! We were very close to going through with it. In the end, we chose to stay. Imagine if we had moved to America! We wouldn’t have bought the house. Richard wouldn’t have met Clare. Graham wouldn’t have married Louise. My grandson, Oliver, wouldn’t be here! I wouldn’t have had my children at all!”
“Well, you would have,” the Cossack hat woman said. “They’d just be…different and…”
The women sat in silence for a minute or two, presumably deep in thought about parallel lives and destiny and the could’ve beens.
Then the woman in the Cossack hat finished her statement, “They’d be American!”
The other woman looked up, horrified, and clutched at her floral scarf.
“Oh, no, I can’t even imagine. It’s just too much to think about. American! Can you imagine? American!”
Then they laughed and shook their heads in agreement. Thank goodness we never moved to America!
I wasn’t offended in the slightest. I just wish there had been an opportunity for me to get involved in the conversation! (I was too busy taking notes for my blog.)