Going Out of the Social Norm
When trying to figure out what kind of social norm I wanted to break I didn’t want to do something so out of the box. I had heard all the stories of the really elaborate ways to go out of the social norm. I researched thing to do that were a little more in my comfort range and couldn’t really find anything to do, until I was sitting in the hospital waiting room, because my sister in law was in labor. I saw this old woman sitting there, and it’s really unusual to go strike up a conversation with some random stranger but that is exactly what I did. It was not easy for me to do this because I am so shy.
It started when I had just gotten to the hospital I had some food because I had just came from class. I was sitting there and had noticed that there was an elder lady sitting in the corner just kind of looking around. So I built up some courage to go sit by her because that was the first step. Then I needed to strike up a conversation, but I had no idea what to say. So I just said the first thing that came to my mind, “are you trying to have a baby?”. Well im not so sure she knew how to take that. She looked at me with this kinda blank stare then said’ “oh honey I’m too old.” I guess old people do get sarcasm sometimes.
We had gone on talking about her children, her youngest was in the delivery room, and she had seven children. Two of her boys went to war, while two of them stayed home and her three daughters had gone off and married. She had told me that her only child that had stayed around the area was her youngest who is now bringing her a grandson. She was so pleased that she had someone to stay around because her husband had died two months ago and she said this was the first time she had been out since then. When she told me this she looked right at me and about broke down. She said that me coming up and talking to her was one of the nicest things she has seen someone my age do in a long time. I know that going out of...