Talk to people – you never know who you might meet!

I am known for talking to everyone.  Complete strangers on the street, in elevators- wherever!  In this story, though, I did not initiate the conversation – the other person did. It occurred while I was in Glyndon, Maryland, my sister’s very, very small town out side of Baltimore.

On New Year’s Eve day, I walked to the post office to mail my holiday cards. The office was closed so I turned to go to a blue mailbox.   Just then, a large white SUV drove into the parking lot and the driver rolled down the window.

Driver: “Is the office closed?”

Harriet: “Yes.”

Driver: “Is the other office open?”

Harriet: Blank Look

Driver: (again) “Is the other office open?”

Harriet: “I do not live around here.”

Driver: “Oh, I guess I will need to go check it out.”

Then I asked “If you are going to a larger post office, would you mind taking my mail,  as this box will probably not be picked up until Monday.”   He first hesitated, and then said as I was walking towards the SUV, “I do not know if I want to take that responsibility.”  By now, I am at his window handing him the envelopes, and said that they are just my holiday cards.

As he took the cards, I began to notice how handsome and healthy he looked, and thought that he must be into sports. I said, “As long as you do not root against the Patriots!”  He looked at me blankly and said “I root for the Ravens!”

And I said “That is fine,  just do not root against the Patriots. ” And he repeated his comment “I root for the Ravens!”  and I repeated “Don’t root against the Patriots!”

And then he said  “Ma’am, I play for the Ravens.  I am Todd Heap”  I looked blank again; I wasn’t sure to believe him or not.  I looked at this athletic specimen of a man, and said, “You are not very big, so you must be a receiver!”  And he said that he was a tight end and that he does catch balls.  I smiled still not knowing what I had started. He said he was still angry with the Patriots for beating them in October.  Of course he was wondering why I bring up the Patriots in Raven country.  He asked where I was from and what I was doing here.  I shared.    Then he said “I guess I am taking your mail to the post office… and tell your sister Todd Heap says hello.”  I reassured him that she would be pleased and that if the Patriots lost I would root for the Ravens.

I thanked him and walked back to the house with a big smile on my face. I relayed the story to my sister, but alas,  she does not know the players names.   Back in Boston, I relayed the story to my son and found out that Todd Heap is 10 years veteran with the Ravens,  all pro, 6’5’’, weights over 240 pounds and a very well know tight end!

Not only did I not know him but I called him small!   And asked him not to root against the Patriots! But he initiated the conversation!!!

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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