surreal, but 100% true

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Yesterday, I'm driving home, and the mobile rings. Being responsible, I pulled over to the side of the road before attempting to answer it, by which time the phone had stopped ringing.

And while I'm busy with the phone, the passenger door opens, and I look up to see a little old lady clambering into the car.

Fortunately, my life experiences to date have equipped me with the perfect skill for dealing with this particular circumstance. I pasted on a smile and, feeling very Arthur Dent, managed to greet her with, "Er…hello?"

"You're early," she replied cheerfully. "And you're driving a different car."

"Ah. In fact, ma'am, I think I'm not the person you're waiting for," I suggested.

She peered at me, blinked, and said, "Oh! Oh, no, you're not!"

After which she promptly started clambering (in the slow and hesitant mannerism of the old and frail) out of the car.

9 thoughts on “surreal, but 100% true

  1. She was totally adorable. I'm afraid I was quite simply too bemused by the whole experience that I watched her getting out of the car and couldn't speak for laughing and boggling.

  2. I imagine so, but she handled it very well. Perhaps it's something she does often. I suspect, from the way she blinked and stared and had a sort of glassy look to her eyes, that she had some vision impairment.

  3. Very cute, and you handled her very gently.
    You might want to get into the habit of locking your doors while driving once you hit Melbourne, though.
    Nothing is likely to ever happen to you, but I did once have a bunch of drunk guys try to pile into my car for a ride. Scary as hell at the time.

  4. Strangely, I normally do have my doors locked while driving; not sure why I neglected it this particular day. Am trying very hard not to think about driving in Melbourne – trams! hook turns! gah!

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