In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Middle Seat.”
It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?
The Empty Seat
I find that each new social situation has totally unpredictable outcomes. I remember one personal encounter on an airplane that turned out to be an exquisite and surprising event. At first contact with this person, I wanted to switch seats or at least engage in minimal superficial conversation. But then, after we exchanged opening comments, I considered making this fellow traveler a new close friend. Continue reading