Friday, 26 November 2010
I want to be telepathic. I know all the science fiction stories reckon telepathy has down sides but it would certainly be useful. For example in the following situation which occurred earlier today whilst at work:
I was making myself a drink (yes that is my poor excuse for the photo) in the kitchen at work when a women who I know to say hello to only walked in. She doesn't work in my section and to be honest I am not entirely sure what she does or what her name is but I have chatted to her many times. I saw her for the first time since I came back to work today.
Women: "Hi, when did you get back?"
Me: "Last week."
Women: "How is it going?"
Me: "Oh, well ok, not too bad" (sounding glum)
At this point I think that somebody must have told her my situation. However I still would have appreciated a bit of telepathy.
Women: "Were you off for a year?"
Me: "No, six months"
Women: "The time went quick"
Now I am wondering if she knows after all. So I try and leave the kitchen with my drink. Better not to know.
Women: "Bet you feel like a different person now?"
Now I really think she doesn't know but still am not entirely sure. This is where being telepathic would come in handy. Maybe she does know, after all I do feel like a different person?
Now I am at the doorway about to leave.
Women: "The trick is marrying up the person you are now with who you were before."
By this point I really do not think she knows. But on the other hand I really couldn't say for sure. Maybe she is simply being philosophical or something? After all she didn't do what everybody normally does - she didn't ask about a baby. Being telepathic would have been very useful.
Still I was not taking the chance and just left heading in the opposite direction as quickly as I could. If she was just making idle chat I doubt very much she really wanted to know my story. Plus, more importantly it might be upsetting for me having to tell it.
So what do you think? Did she know?