Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Chit Chat Can Be Innocently Awkward

There were two passengers directly behind me on the bus, seated on either side of the aisle. One middle to old age lady. One young man. Both were quiet until the young man broke the ice:

"So how's yer father?"

"He's dead," she replied. "He's been dead for over 25 years."

We past two more stops, before the youth plucked up courage to speak more.

"So how's yer 'usband? You are married, aint yer?"

"No," she replied matter of factly. "But I had a partner of 26 years."

"So how's yer partner?"

"He's dead too. He's been dead gone two months ago now."

"I'm sorry about that, I seem to have put both my feet into it, haven't I?" And with that he got off the bus.

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