I wore a dress to work today – which was a mistake. The outfit was cute, but not very warm; and by the time 2:30 pm came around, I had been cold for the past four hours, and couldn’t take it any longer.
I went outside, and took a 10 minute walk in the sunshine to warm up. As I was making my way down the street, my path crossed that of two rather large black men. They were probably in their late 30s, wearing jeans, tshirts, and dark sunglasses, and seemed to be engaged in a rather intense conversation. As I approached, I started to hear a snippet of their exchange:
Man 1: “…Little Bo Peep.”
Man 2: “She the one with the umbrella?”
Man 1: “Yeah.”
Man 2: “I thought that was Mother Goose.”
Man 1: “Naw man! Mother Goose had a hat. Bo Peep had the umbrella.”
Man 2: “Naw… Bo Peep had a cane, right? ‘Cause she had to herd them sheep. A cane ain’t the same as no umbrella.”
Man 1 (irritated tone): “Well then who had the damn umbrella?”
By this point, we had all fully passed one another, and I could no longer hear their discussion.
And as soon as they got out of ear shot, I laughed out loud. Not the topic of conversation I had expected from such two imposing-looking men; and so funny to me that they were engaging in it with such intensity, seriousness, and above all, sincerity.
[And for the record, I think it was Mary Poppins who had the umbrella.]