I am a people watcher.
One can learn a lot by sitting back and quietly observing.
I have always said that I would most likely be a good witness to a crime, just by my observations.
At least I would hope so. 🙂
We arrived in the parking lot at almost the same time.
As I was getting out of our car, I heard a very loud laugh/giggle which made me look up to see where the “noise” was coming from.
I couldn’t help but smile, as I watched a young couple emerging from a black, sporty jeep.
Obviously, the young lady was a bit nervous…
You see, I attributed her nervousness to her loud laugh/giggle….and immediately, I thought of Victoria in the movie “Sleepless In Seattle”, one of my all time favorite movies.
I don’t know if you remember the movie…..but there is a part in the movie, that makes me both laugh and cringe at the same time.
It is Victoria’s laugh.
You see, Tom Hanks is coerced by his pal to start dating again after the death of his wife.
The next series of “dates” prove predictable…as one pretty lady has a giggle that would drive the sanest person a bit daffy.
Below is a quote from the movie’s critique.
If your significant other has a laugh you can’t stand the sound of, then the relationship isn’t going to last. Sam (Tom Hanks) knew that Victoria was not right for him. Her annoying laugh had to get on his nerves. Sam’s son, Jonah, really disliked her, too. “She laughs like a hyena.”
It was this same type of laugh that I heard coming from the young lady as the couple entered the restaurant for breakfast.
After we were all seated, try as I might…I just could not “tune-out” this young lady’s loudness and laugh.
That loud, nervous laugh was, well…it was annoying, but I couldn’t help but smile to myself and feel… a bit sorry for her.
She was obviously trying to hard.
The young man she was with was amazingly quiet…he kept his tone low, as if to show her by example, and I have to admit, he seemed a bit embarrassed as she talked incessantly.
He kept his head down, eating his meal as she chattered away.
In comparison, there was an older couple sitting near by, and although they did talk…one could tell they were an older married couple.
They were familiar with each other and seemed to read each other’s mind when it came time to pass the pancake syrup, etc.
I couldn’t help but smile at them also.
Whereas, the younger couple….struggled with the unfamiliarity of the obvious beginnings of a new relationship.
Perhaps a relationship that was doomed for failure right from the start.
I could sense it.
And I felt a little sad.
And then it was time for them to leave….and as they exited the restaurant, I could hear her loud nervous laugh echo back into the building.
In the pic above it is almost like he is trying to get out of there as soon as possible while she is lingering a bit.
I turned to the Captain and we instinctively reached for each other’s hands and gave a small squeeze.
“Everyone has to begin somewhere” I said softly.
We left the restaurant and I kept my observation “goggles” on as we drove by the burrowing owls a block from our home.
The little male (about 6-7 inches tall) was observing too…you see it is nesting season and he is watching out for danger of any kind, while Momma sits with the little ones in their burrow.
And life goes on.
Are you an observer?
Have a great and wonderful day.
Keep dry in you live in SW Florida…we have rain forecast for today also.
I love your comments….so good to hear from you.
Maggie Holland says
Kari great story. Nothing like a good opportunity to observe. In our family we have loud hearty laughs, especially the females. When we were dating, any man who cringed when we laughed in public didnt make the grade!!!
What a hoot Mags, ….I laugh loud and hard too…but this sweet gal’s laugh was such a “put-on” laugh if you know what I mean.
I really felt for her because she wanted to do everything right, talk nervously and laugh that hyena type laugh…she obviously wanted to please to the point that she lost herself (in my opinion).
I wanted to take her aside and tell her to just be herself and if “he” didn’t like it…move on….he wasn’t worth her time.
Thanks for stopping by my friend.
Hugs from across the pond…
Jane Thebo says
Good observations! Such an awkward situation for everyone.
True…as I said, I really felt for her. 🙁