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Overheard – Femininity At The Library

Perhaps this happened to someone like me, in a library very much like the one where I work:

I watched a man try very hard to compliment my manager one night.

“You look different somehow. What is it?”

“I’m not sure,” she said. “What do you mean?”

“You just look more feminine than usual is all. I mean it as a compliment.”

“Oh. Well, thank you I guess.”

“Hey wait, did you used to have a mustache?”

That was how the conversation ended.




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  • evelyneholingue March 21, 2014, 7:47 am

    Although the man should have kept his mouth shut, this short verbal exchange reminds me of similar snaps of conversations overheard inside libraries where I love to write. These lines are keepers for novelists!

    • Svetlana April 2, 2014, 1:26 am

      Oh! I have some more. We try to explain to my son that he soulhdn’t hit, kick, bite, whatever on people, so whenever we tell him, No, don’t hit, please he will reply, I was only going to hit you nicely , and proceeds to do whatever he was going to do, but very softly.My family also uses Oofda a lot. For the uninitiated, it’s a Scandanavian saying, usually used when something requires a lot of oomph, like when picking up something heavy, or belching with gusto. It’s a saying we fondly attribute to my Grandfather, whose parents were off the boat immigrants. My son, who never met my grandfather, has taken it up, so sometimes he will pick up legos or something and go, Oofda! It’s adorable.

  • Jack March 21, 2014, 8:41 am

    At least the guy left no doubt as to his desirability, LOL!