I’m making this t-shirt. In fact, I’m going to make five of them in different color combos for each day of the week. And I’m going to wear it every time I go on a walk with Aidan and Maddy (which is at least once a day, more often twice).
Call it anti-social, passive-aggressive, I don’t care. Call it what you will. I’m tired of talking to strangers for 20 minutes.
Don’t you see I’ve got my Fuelband on? I’m trying to hit my goal for the day! Besides that, Aidan has a short window of opportunity in which he’ll ride in the stroller without protest. And while I’m on my soap box, you’re messing up my puppy’s training when you tell her to jump on you and lick your face. We don’t do that at my house.
Too harsh? Probably. But I assimilate it to the stranger-on-the-airplane situation. When you walk past a random stranger on a sidewalk, you are forced to come into close proximity. At which point, they make their move. You’re trapped. The stroller isn’t yet capable of four-wheeling through the grass to get away, and Maddy is a sucker for attention.
Example: today, Jane Doe cornered me. And we were just steps away from our neighborhood. I learned that her mother and her mother’s dog are both dead, she has two boxers of her own, her nephew – 17 years old now – was always protected (and bathed) by her former dog when her nephew was a baby, the dog was eating grass today because her dog-friend was too, she also has a cat, etc. etc. etc.
And do you know what Jane Doe knows about us? She knows Maddy’s a puppy and Aidan is 7 months old.
Apparently I’m a better listener than I am a talker (although, I’m sure Ozgur would have something to say about that).
But this t-shirt has me covered now. Next time a stranger approaches me, I’ll just dig my heels into that power walk, get my pony tail a’ swingin’, point to my shirt, smile, wave, and keep on keepin’ on.
That way, I can focus on important things, like updating you on the status of the sleeping squirrel:
No, I did not roll him over. I’m not interested in contracting squirrel flu. But I do think he looks a little better than the other day. He seems to be recovering!