A real weekend isn’t complete without at least one trip to the coffee shop.
What could be better than sitting in the bay window of the shop, enjoying a quiet moment, sipping my coffee?
Well of course the only obvious answer: having a random conversation with another patron.
Trust me, I mind my own business while in the coffee shop and this particular day I was busy writing a personal note to myself. Something along the lines of: “while coaching my students on being faced with possible failure, what is worse, the fear of failure or the failure itself – and here I am sitting sipping coffee more concerned of failure itself.” I don’t know where that thought was going because I was interrupted by an older gentleman.
“May I sit in this chair?”
“Why of course,” and I turned back to my tablet in an attempt to finish my grand thought when I was interrupted a second time.
He wasn’t about to sit there across from me and let me “play around” on my tablet while I could have a real conversation with a real human being and not my conscious mind.
And so there I sat conversing with a man, a recent retiree who has figured out how to have the best of both worlds. He told me stories of his adventures and at some point I believe it turned into a game of how much he could make me laugh, my sides hurting, me twisting in my chair to alleviate the discomfort of sore abdominal muscles.
In any event he told me of sweet Maria, the Brazilian, so classy, to be clear – not sluty.
“You know, similar to Sônia Braga,” he paused “who was linked to Robert Redford, Maria has that same…” he twisted his lips into a pout as he thought of an appropriate descriptive word. I wanted to blurt out “sensual” but I was intrigued by how he made his lips form a perfect rectangle.
‘How does he do it?’ I thought distractedly, ‘Does he practise this in the mirror? Is it genetic?’
He found his word and proclaimed “Sensual!”
He paused a moment looking up to the ceiling. He nodded yes, agreeing with himself, then re-formed his lips into a perfect rectangle and said once again with confidence and all the passion he could muster, “Sensual, she is s-e-n-s-u-a-l.” he dragged it out.
And there you have it, sweet Maria, the Brazilian who would remind you of Sônia Braga, is classy AND unbelievably s-e-n-s-u-a-l.