What do people say things that are stupid?
I spend time in public places, so I hear conversations going on around me. Sometimes I bite my tongue so I don’t comment. And sometimes I cannot help myself. I just have to say something.
Last week I was volunteering at a library where AARP members prepare tax returns for free on a first-come basis. A man and a woman, who met each other for the first time that afternoon, sat near each other and carried on a conversation we could all hear. At first they complained about various aspects of life in general, attributing their problems to the ex-spouse, the government, and so on.
I guess the man ran out of tidbits to share, because he decided to report the news. He prefaced his report with the phrase “Now, I don’t know if this is true, but…” Then he said, “Obama sent all of the country’s gold to China and that’s why there are no longer tours of Fort Knox.”
I could no longer control myself. I said, “You know that’s not true!” He looked a little embarrassed and discontinued his report. But why did he feel the need to share this fantasy at all??? Surely he knew that it wasn’t true.
The next day I found my supply of disposable ear plugs and put them in my coat pocket. Now, when I ride the bus or sit in a waiting room, I have the option of closing out this type of conversation. Today it occurred to me that I am my father’s daughter. In his later years, he used headphones to keep out this type of noise.