Thursday, 7 November 2013

Bus Friend

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People never talk to each other in person, they send texts, tweets or emails. In social situations people put their headphones in and pretend other people don't exist. That's the way it is. Northerners are supposed to be more friendly but in my experiencee we still rarely talk to people in the queue for the bus for example. Today I had a lovely 20 minute chat with a man on the bus.
This old man taps me on the shoulder: "pet, are you loving your life?"
I reply with "yes" despite having had a rubbish day and ask him back.
"Wey yes pet, I never thought I'd see the day I turned 82."
This made me smile and I thought the conversation was over. Nope. He continued: "So, are you married?"
"Eee, no, I'm only 19."
"Ah, just a boyfriend then?"
"No, I don't have a boyfriend."
"Bloody hell, a beautiful girl like you, without a boyfriend. Never."
Again I thought we'd finished, no: "Well, they are only after one thing the most of them pet. I know because I was the same, that is until you find the one. When you find her it's all different, you don't just want that one thing, you just want her, nothing else matters. Just you wait. You're doing well, too many marry too quick, takes years off you!"
Then he talked for a little bit about "the one" and I had to get off.
"You enjoy your life darling. Life is wonderful. See you later."
I smiled my whole way home, more people should just talk to you.
I now feel bad because I don't even know his name.
Hannah x
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne

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