Today I had lunch with my bestie, Michelle.
She was a friend's roommate in college
but once I met her she was mine.
(taken on my phone, still no camera)
We have laughed and cried together for many years.
She lives about 70 miles from me.
We swore when our girls were grown
we would have more time together.
Pfft. That hasn't happened.
I hadn't seen her in 3 months so I was pumped.
We went junking and lunched.
At lunch we were gabbing, of course.
I noticed the lady at the table next to us
was really paying attention to our conversation.
At one point I said blah blah blah...our lawyer...
and I swear she was up on her haunches.
Totally up in our business.
I whisper out the side of my mouth
"have you noticed that lady hanging on our words"
Michelle nodded yes.
I decided to "write" a little fiction to give her
something worthy of eavesdropping.
I said "well, she went to jail."
I love Michelle because she gets me.
Without missing a beat she said
"well you can only steal so long and you are going to get caught."
I said "yeah, she got fired in Decatur and then started it over here"
(we were in Springfield)
I said "I think she will probably go to prison.
It is the drugs that started it."
Michelle said "and the prostitution."
By now the lady practically has her head
in Michelle's lap.
Michelle is about to blow soda out her nose.
I decided to use an old All My Children reference
"well Dixie never could do right without Tad"
We were fighting laughter.
At that point the husband of the woman
got up to leave and she had to follow.
I swear she left with her ear still on our table.
Now the poor lady is jonesing for the ending of the story
but we haven't written it yet.
I kinda feel bad for her.