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Caring, Sharing, Weird Dialogue

Briskly walking down the street I perceive a blond lady with a dog. She is looking at me.  She is beautiful. She is talking to me! “Excuse me, do you have a handkerchief?

I have not expected that question. I don’t want to say “No” to that beautiful woman, so I choose to say: “Only a used one.

Okay Detlef, unexpected question or not – this is an idiotic answer.

No, thank you“, she says rather indignantly.

I feel I have to explain: “I thought it might be for the dog.

Okay Detlef, another stupid sentence. Why should a dog need a handkerchief?

Well, how used is it?

That’s an odd question on your part, beautiful blond. I proceed to take out my handkerchief. It’s a paper napkin I took at the pizzeria one week ago. I used to blow my nose in it ever since. It’s a little crumpled, but still fairly white. Hey! What am I doing here? I am making a complete idiot out of myself in front of that woman.

It’s to wipe my dog’s ass“, she says with the voice of an angel.

It might be good enough for that” I answer. Do I have the right to feel a little annoyed now?

She reluctantly takes my used handkerchief, barely daring to touch it with her hands.

Thank you“, she whispers and kneels down to wipe her dog’s ass.

You’re welcome“, I mumble, getting the hell out of that situation.

Another love story that wasn’t meant to be.

Isn’t life about caring and sharing after all?

  1. Jay
    February 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    What a great story. “Only a used one”- classic.

  2. February 23, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    “Loose lips sink ships” and this line sank my dialogue with the gorgeous blond right at the start.

    • sandilee
      January 3, 2011 at 7:00 am

      I love how you told this story, Detlef. I am laughing at the great dialog and nuances. We may need you to continue your brand of idiotic. You make me want to renew my membership to the Village Idiot Society. There is nothing better than coming to terms with the Fool. (;

      • January 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

        Thank you Sandilee 🙂 “There is nothing better than coming to terms with the Fool” – I love that. But: a fool and an idiot – is that the same? The Shakespeare fools are not idiots. But I would agree with both readings of the word. To come to terms with the inner idiot is important, too. Love your neighbor like you love YOURSELF – Love your enemy …

  3. sandilee
    January 4, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Yes, dc, you are right that the two words can have different meanings, but I admit I’m trying to raise a cetain kind of idiocy into a Noble realm. I am considering the possibility that if I can: “make a complete idiot of myself” — this will be a rite of passage into the Fool, the jester, the heyoka. Such high aspirations and dreams, I have- to be a full fledge idiot. I am trying not to feel tragic that so far I have failed Fool so often. (; practice practice practice.

    Awhile back, a friend and I were getting very goofy about how far we could take idiocy (or handle the unwelcome idiotic that appears in life by fighting fire with fire.) The Village Idiot Society was born, but it has been in hiatus lately. (*sigh*). We were in search for our village and got lost?
    I love the Shakespeare fools, or the village idiot that appeared in the mini-series “Tenth Kingdom”, or the Minister of Silly Walks….I’m always looking for inspiration. (;
    Of course, timing is everything, and a Fool knows when to be a fool. My favorite times are when little ones that I know, give me that full attention considered look, and make a laughing proclamation with approval, “You Are Silly!” Maybe there IS hope for me?!

    • January 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

      Of course there is hope for you, Sandilee, as those are very inspiring and aspiring goals. Perhaps this goes together with our discussion on Facebook about “Child’s play in my dentist’s waiting room“? And what Linda Ponor said about “Lateral Thinking”. I found the Wikipedia article about that – and I’m thinking a lot about it. Although I don’t like the term “thinking” in this context.

      Thinking is so faulty and limited – I think it’s a good and necessary thing to integrate the fool.

  4. sandilee
    January 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I like those links, and I bring you one your photos that any aspiring Fool would welcome: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31989108@N04/3782182818/in/photostream/
    Call me crazy (please), but I just saw something new in it — a subtle clown face with a banana peel smile– perfect for slipping on, kicking the Ego off to the side,(at least for awhile) and rising up- – – – a Divine Fool.
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