conversations with strangers #8

here’s why i’m talking with strangers.

i’m waiting alone at the bus stop. i’m using my handy dandy “catch the bus” app, so when i see the glowing orange light of an approaching bus i’m a bit surprised. the app says i still have 5 minutes to wait.

as the bus gets closer, i see it’s the #10. ah ha, see, i’m waiting for the #9.

the brakes screech their protest as the driver slows for me — a potential rider.

he opens the door and makes eye contact.

i shake my head.

he points up, presumably at the sign labeling the bus as a #10, making sure i’m sure this isn’t the bus i want.

i smile and motion to him to continue on.

he waves and closes the door, off to the next stop.

it appears whole conversations can be had without speaking at all.

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6 Responses to “conversations with strangers #8”

  1. Linda G. Says:

    In fact, the wordless conversations are sometimes the best ones.

    • abby mumford Says:

      a wordless conversation with someone you know is a lot easier, so i was pleased to discover i could have one with a complete stranger. thank you, facial expressions! thank you, hand motions!

  2. Adriana Kirilova Says:

    Looks like the “convos with strangers” research is yielding some good results! :) When the experiment is done (will it ever be done?), will you do a post about your conclusions?

    • abby mumford Says:

      woah woah woah. you’re thinking way further ahead than me. i don’t know if it’ll ever be done. it’s sort of a good thing for me to force myself to have random interactions with people, but then again, a “conclusions” post would be pretty interesting. i’ll take it under consideration.

      thank you for your input, miss kirilova.

  3. Kelly Breakey Says:

    In marriage it is a requirement. You have to perfect it. In fact when we went through our pre-marriage counsel it was a requirement. True Story!

    Not.

    But you do learn to understand with nothing more than grunts and hand gestures and I’m not talking about the one finger kind.

    • abby mumford Says:

      body language is its own art form and the ability to read it is one to be cherished. in marriage. and out.

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