The two women at the head of the line were taking a long time to make their selections.
“Can I try the Spicy Lentil?” asked one woman. She got her miniature cup of soup, tasted it, and said, “Too spicy! Wow! Ummm, can I try the Spicy Sausage soup?”
The clerk behind the counter was moving more and more slowly. She handed over another miniature cup.
“That’s too spicy, too!” the woman exclaimed.
The clerk shrugged without saying a word, but I could read her mind: “Lady, that’s why the soups are labelled ‘Spicy.’”
I was feeling very proud of myself for not losing my patience at this exchange, but the muttering behind me that suggested that others weren’t being quite so pure and high-minded.
Just then, the woman turned to her friend and said, “Oh, listen to me! I sound just like someone from Curb Your Enthusiasm. Make me stop!” She burst out laughing, and her friend joined in. I couldn’t help laughing, and the people behind me started laughing, too. A moment of impatience and irritability turned into a friendly moment shared by strangers.
Which just goes to show, once more, that the ability to laugh at yourself covers a lot of faults.
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