Some of the best conversations I’ve had lately have been with complete strangers. Just this past weekend, I was having a coffee at Caribou in downtown Duluth, quietly reading my Kindle, when I heard a person to my left ask how my day was going. First thought: What do you want? Terrible. There goes the NY cynic. “Fine, just fine, and you?”, I answered and we were off. This very nice older gentleman shared with me that he is a student getting his Associates at a local college. He lives in Grand Marais, Minneosta, deep in the woods and lives the life of Grizzly Adams in his house in the wild. He is going to go to school so that he is more employable in his field. He’s 73! He loves to drive down to Duluth and be among the people. It can be very isolating in his house in the woods with the exception of bears trying to break into his front door. I told him I know the feeling but instead of woods, I’m surrounded by fields and thankfully there are only barn cats trying to break in, not bears. What a blog that would be huh? He thought it was wonderful that I came from NY to marry a farmer and live in rural Minnesota. He promised to read my blog and I hope he meant it. Meeting him made my day.
Being a native New Yorker, I have a habit of keeping to myself in public. I may give a smile or a thank you but I’m all business. See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil and foremost mind your own damn business. It’s a shame really because minding your own business means that you miss meeting fabulous new people on your daily walk through life. It’s been a tough road making friends here in rural Minnesota. In 3 years, the only friends I’ve made have been through work and that’s because they’re forced to be with me 8 hours a day. LOL! I’m going to make a point of being more friendly and approachable to others and undo some of this city jadedness. My new goal is to have even the shortest conversation with a stranger once a week. I’m glad that my friend at Caribou took the opportunity to chat me up, he really inspired me to stop “shutting down” and start looking around for a friendly face or two.
So blog readers, I thought it would be fun to ask you what you’d like to see more of on this blog or if you have any questions for me that I can answer for you. It’s your turn to do some of the talking (or writing)! Don’t be shy!