Sunday, January 17, 2010

Actual Conversation

Thanks to Scarlett, whose driving demands take the Matron out 24/7 (if you think she's kidding, feel free to head out tonight at 10 pm to retrieve the child), the Matron found herself at Byerly's, ( a local upscale grocery store) this morning, buying brownie mix so that Scarlett could supply an endless stream of sugar to her fellow actors during tech week.

Tech week, for those who don't speak theater, is the endurance test of 'running' a show over and over again, getting the lights, sound, movement, etc., -- in short, everything -- absolutely right. Yesterday, Scarlett was at the theater for 12 hours (with a break) and today it's 8. This is typical.

Not the point of the post but a digression away from . . . .

The Matron is incapable of walking into a grocery store, moving through aisles and emerging with just ONE ITEM. Which is why she went in for brownie mix and came out with enough bags that she received assistance from the lovely young woman who packed her groceries. Because this is an upscale store, the lovely young woman put the groceries in a cart and wheeled them out for the Matron.

Lovely.

An extremely pretty young woman.

She had perky bangs. Adorable, nearly invisible glasses. Hair swept back, just so.


The Matron swears on all things progressive, this young woman looked JUST LIKE a teenage Sarah Palin!!

So much so that the Matron rolled around this resemblance around in her mind for a few minutes before saying anything, wondering if the almost-child (about 17? 18?) ) heard this observation 200 times a day.

Far from it.

Matron: "Uh, I'm sure you get this all the time, but I just have to say it! Do people tell you all the time that you look exactly like a young Sarah Palin? You really do look just like a young Sarah Palin."

Lovely Young Woman pushing groceries: "Uh, who's that?"

13 comments:

kmkat said...

Good! I wonder if she has heard of Michele Bachman? Or Barack Obama?

...and then she voted (in the next presidential election).

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

If she ends up in one of your classes I'm sure she'll give you fodder for an "actual student e-mail."

Karen ~ said...

Hooray! She hasn't permeated all the masses!

Becky said...

I'm not sure if that gives me hope or not.

kcinnova said...

First I laughed, but now I am a little worried...
Maybe she will realize who you were referring to in about 3 days time?

Ree said...

Wait. That's probably good. ;-)

Daisy said...

I'm not sure if I want to laugh or cry!!

Suburban Correspondent said...

Ah, innocence!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

She's lucky not to know!

jenn said...

Oh my. I'm not sure if I'm relieved, like Karen, that she isn't as omnipresent as she seems to be or if I'm just scared by how out of tune today's teens are with their country.

MJ said...

When I read this post, I had to chuckle as it reminded me of a scene of "My Life in Ruins" which we enjoyed on the weekend. Here's the trailer, see the segment at the start of minute 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkRMBRxC_Gk

40isthenew30 said...

"Yeah!" or "uh-oh" - I can't decide. :0)

Jan said...

I don't know if you still read comments on old posts... but this reminded me of the time I was helping with registration at our high school. I asked each senior if s/he was registered to vote. One girl asked me how much it costs to vote!! After I explained it was FREE!!, I asked her whether she'd taken the mandatory government class yet. "Yes, but it was boring... I didn't pay attention." I didn't really push the idea of her registering after that. My state, Oregon, had only recently repealed a requirement that new taxes could only be approved if more than 50% of registered voters had voted in the election. You can imagine how high that bar was! No need to add any additional uninformed voters to the roles!