As I sat in the rather small waiting room of my hospital’s out patient lab I could not help muse about the behaviors of people when forced to share space with totally unknown strangers for a fair amount of time. When I took my seat after handing in my paperwork I saw there were about ten people already there. Some held magazines they were thumbing through. Some were couples. Some old, some young and one who was pregnant. As each person took turns looking at their hands, the clock, the magazine and each other in randomly varying intervals I decided to play a game while I waited. As the lady came in and announced the name, before the person stood up, I would try to match the name with the individual. I was thrilled when I got it right twice in a row. I must have smiled to myself because out of the blue the lady next to me got all chatty. Before I knew it I was getting way more information on why her partner was in need of a blood draw this early in the morning. I was just warming up and getting to tell her why I was there when I heard my name being butchered. Once again.
Five minutes later arm bandaged I was waving a bye to the cheerful lady and on my way to work. Its occasions like these that let me experience things in perspective. How I am just a speck in the teeming millions that inhabit earth. At home, work or in the midst of people I know I seem to feel a larger than life importance. In the middle of unknown strangers is when I feel who I really am.