- With no fan-fare to announce their arrival, the Jacarandas are once more blooming all over the city.
- “We should buy art books so we can look ‘Intellectual‘,” a girl in 12th-grade said to her giggling friends.
- I’m reminded daily how difficult it is to speak English. A Russian tourist said: “I will buy it. I changed my decision.”
- Pointing to the Museum map in her hand an older woman asked me: “Where can I see sculptures like these?”
Me: “Take that elevator up one level, go left, and you’ll find the sculptures near the back of the gallery.”
She turns to leave, but goes toward the exit, and not the elevator.
Me: “Excuse me! The elevator’s the other way. The sculptures are one level up.”
Woman: “Ha ha! I don’t know what I want eh? The garden’s that way is it?” pointing to the exit.
Me: “Yes that’s correct, garden’s are always outside.”
I watched her walk outside.
- A kid of fourteen told me I could keep the seventeen cents change.
In the past week I served:
Patricia and George from Australia.
They are on a four-month-plus two-week holiday of the United States, Canada, and England.
- Casondra R. “You have an unusual name,” I told her.
- Five minutes later Cassandra P came to my register. When I told her about the coincidence, we wondered whether it was a sign… “Perhaps you should buy a lottery ticket!” I suggested.
- a young couple, Melissanthi and Yiannis from Greece.
They spelled Melissanthi for me and told me that
Melissa means Bee in Greek, and Anthi means flower. Beautiful!
- Margaret W. I asked her whether she was named after Princess Margaret. “Gosh no!” she said. “I’m the fifth Margaret in my family. Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother etcetera.”
She didn’t carry on the tradition. Her daughter’s name is NOT Margaret, but her granddaughter’s name is Meghan Margaret. We sang the song, “I’m Margaret the fifth I am I am…”
- A woman whose name was LOVE. Of course I had to comment.
“It’s a common name in Russian,” she said. She told me her surname means “wolf” in Russian. I wonder whether her parents loved the baby, or loved wolves.
- A woman called Fontaine.
- He took his rotten stinky sandwich out of his bag, and put it in the trash bin next to my cash register, without even asking whether it was okay with me. Honestly!
Did you see today’s Oprah show? After interviewing more than 30,000 people in the past twenty-five years, Oprah introduced us to her three favorite guests on her show. What a sobering, inspiring hour. I think it should be compulsory viewing for our spoilt high school kids.
Oprah’s favorite guest was Tererai Trent:
“I was born and raised in rural Zimbabwe, and my dream growing up was to have an education. I met a woman who inspired me to believe in my dreams; I buried a list of my education goals under a rock where I used to herd cattle. I believed in achieving these against many challenges. The rock where I buried my dreams solidified and grounded me in many ways. I was at peace since I knew I had made a pact with the rock to keep my dreams alive.”
Tererai Trent whose father wouldn’t allow her to go to school and married her off at age eleven, defended her PhD last year. She is selling tee-shirts to raise money to build a school in her village in Zimbabwe. The tee-shirts have one word printed on them: Tinogona (a Shona word which means, “It is achievable.”)