There’s a new girl at work, 16 and still green. Had no idea just HOW green til I tried giving her directions to a local Hotel (for a family member’s birthday). It went something like this:
“Ok, so you go down Main street, cross the river and at…”
“wait, what river?”
“you know how to get to the government building, right?”
“You cross the bridge…”
“How do you get here?”
“In a car.”
“(snickering) I KNOW that, I mean which way?”
“Well, I don’t really know…”
“But you’re driving, right?”
” And you don’t know how you get here?”
“Well, you know, I come from that way.” (points vaguely)
(laughing openly) “But you come past the government building?”
“Then you cross the river. On a bridge.”
“No, there’s no river around there.”
“Yes, there is. It’s big. The bridge has 6 lanes. Look, you know the war memorial? With the guy on top of it?”
“Yes. It’s huge”
“It’s also right next to the river.”
Eventually we got it all sorted out. I wrote down directions, in the (possibly vain) hope that they would lead her to her destination. But I have to wonder…. How is it that someone is so oblivious they don’t notice the (large) river they cross everyday on the way to work?? And of course there was much speculation on alternate modes of transportation.
A herd of elephants, perhaps?
Sled dogs, pulling her valiantly across town?
A chariot drawn by cats?
And of course once we got to laughing, there was no end to the nonsense and laughter. By the time I clocked out my ribs hurt and most of my eye makeup was wiped away. Some days, work is good. 🙂