Funny interaction while I was driving home from a friend’s house.
I was flicking through the FM stations until I landed on the song the universe knew I needed to hear. Had a mopey weekend so when Hedley comes on the radio singing “I’ve been down, I’ve been down…burning up like fever. Better days, better days…are not so far away.” You’re just like YEAH MAN and then you high-five invisible Hedley in the passenger seat.
There were two cars in front of me. Side by side. The car directly in front of me was a teenage girl fiddling with her phone at the stop light. The car beside her had an elderly woman at the wheel who was clearly displeased with the girl on the phone. Like visibly scowling through the fog and dirt on the window.
The thought occurred to me that this must all be so mind-boggling if you were the elderly woman. Imagine when she was the other girl’s age. She never thought a telephone would be something you have in your car and there’s no way she thought the phone would be something you look at for pictures and words.
She knew phones back when they were something you listened to and the people on the other line would use their words to make pictures in your head. (Because that’s how conversation works! Really neat actually!)
Then I just pictured the woman stopped at a traffic light in a horse and buggy, not proceeding because she’s too busy staring at a rotary phone.
Made me laugh and I laughed out loud and went on one of those Clifford trains. I call them Clifford trains because sometimes I start laughing so hard that I can’t control myself and I start wheezing until it’s so high-pitched it sounds like a steam-engine barrelling along the edge of town.
Both women caught me in their review mirrors at the same time and both had THE EXACT SAME REACTION. Sometimes when you see someone laughing, it makes you laugh, because laughing’s fun! But not these ladies. This time they scowled in unison and it was directed at me!
I realized right then and there that me laughing at the mere act of one lady scowling at another brought them together as one soul and mind to scowl at me.
Then I just kept on singing.
“Better days, better days…”