82. It’s a Small World
Nicolas was sitting in the waiting room Monday
. He had brought four magazines with him, in
the mechanics had to spend all day fixing
car. His portable Sony radio was on, and
earbud was stuck in his right ear. A
came into the waiting room. Nicolas overheard the
talking to Harold, the service representative. The customer
from Milford, the same little town that Nicolas
from. After the customer and Harold had finished
, Harold went back outside.
Nicolas thought he would
himself. He said, "I heard that you are
Milford." The young man nodded. "Are you going
the parade on Wednesday?" Nicolas asked.
man asked. Wednesday was the fourth of July.
wondered if he was talking to someone who
happened to be visiting Earth on his way
"Didn't you say you live in Milford?"
asked. The man nodded. "How long have you
there?" Nicolas asked. Five years, the man replied.
you've never been to the Fourth of July
?" Nicolas asked. The man shook his head. He
totally uninterested in continuing the conversation, although all
was doing was watching cars drive by on
Oh well, I tried to be
, Nicolas thought, as he put the earbud back
his ear and opened one of his magazines.