Strolling out of my marathon hour and half meeting early in the morning, I absently picked my water bottle from my cube and headed out to the kitchen for water. Filling it like I always do I smelled freshly brewing coffee. A friendly co-worker was standing by the coffee pot. Normally I would have picked my water, waved Hi! and walked back but my brain needed a pick-me-up and the smell was delicious. I lingered trying to make my mind up. Giving into impulse I waited for the brewing to be done. Noticing 3 minutes left on the timer I made small talk. Starting with “Do you live around here?” we went on to exchange details on the weather, traffic and the general localities we lived in.
Walking back to my cube water and half a cup of coffee in hand, I couldn’t help noticing how much at ease I felt. I started working for a bank when I first moved here. I would be cynically amazed at how long people could talk about the weather and traffic. What’s the big deal? I would think. The whole conversation would feel artificial and contrived. Years later, here I am doing the same thing and it feels so natural now. Talking of the long commute to the nearby state, I shared her frustration for I had done it for a year. Talking about the lights or the peak hour traffic connected us to an experience we both shared. At the end of the few minutes we spoke, I felt I knew a little more about her than before. So, these conversations, inane as they sound do matter. 🙂