Thursday, January 26, 2012

"What did you do all day?"

I had a relatively short conversation with a relatively new coworker the other day.  He and I had some mutual friends and acquaintances, though we hadn't yet spoken at length about anything other than complaining about the management.  He was curious about the extruding machine's inner-workings, so I explained a little about how we make the product which he prepares for shipping.  I think it is the fact that I, at least to some, look to be between twelve and 18 years old which prompted him to ask the following question:

"How old are you, man?"

"I'm twenty."

"Did you go to EHS?"

"No, I didn't 'go to high school.'"


"Yeah, I was homeschooled until I was 18; my entire education was at home."


"And I didn't do homework in bed.  I've heard all the jokes, so don't even try," I said, laughingly.

"Huh? Oh, yeah, right-right-right... ha ha..."

"Yeah, and both my parents worked, so..." (Barely stifiling a smile.)

"Both your parents worked?  Man, what did you do all day?!?"

"No, it was a joke! My mom always stayed at home," I quickly blurted out as I laughed.

He was amused.  And a little overwhelmed, I think. 

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