Before I go on (and in my own defense)--I should mention that there's sort of a lot happening before we actually take off for the run. Lots of people are chatting and catching up, or showing off their dogs, or donating old shoes, or talking about races they've run over the weekend. And then the leaders of the group make announcements about various volunteer opportunities, local dogs needing adoption, or race teams needing additional members. So, my brain is sort of blowing all over the place, trying to take it all in. Which might be why I struggled with Laura's next question. God. I hope that's why.
She asked me: Do you run with music?
A simple question, right?
Do you run with music?
"Excuse me?" I said. And she repeated the question. Do you run with music?
"I've never heard of that," I said.
"Music," she said, perhaps thinking I was hard of hearing. "Do you run with music?"
"I'm sorry. I don't know what that is," I told her.
And she pointed to someone with an iPod.
Oh. My. God. You GUYS.
I thought she was talking about some running group called "MUSIC". Or a companion dog that everyone took turns running with, named "MUSIC". It never occurred to me in a million years that when she said MUSIC she meant ... you know ... MUSIC. Like the thing you listen to, with the notes and chords and stuff in it. Never. Crossed. My. Mind.
And how do you recover from telling someone you've never heard of music? Do you start speaking with a German accent and pretend English is not your native language? Liederhosen? Wiener Schnitzel? Whuh?
To Laura's credit, she waited at least three or four seconds before "seeing someone else she knew" and walking away.
Classic awesome Amanda.
I told this story to Larry when I got home and realized yet again why I'm married to him. "I totally get why you did that," he said. "It was the way she phrased the question. If she had asked 'do you listen to music when you run?' you would have gotten it."
And that right there ... is a special education teacher for you. Doing what he does best. Making accommodations for those who LEARN DIFFERENTLY.
I was all, Yeah! It's HER fault! Silly Laura and her shoddy question craftsmanship. She probably cobbled that question together in shop class using popsicle sticks and Elmer's Glue.
Do you run with music?
Who could possibly be expected to get that one on the first try?