Like most of you knitters, I carry my knitting everywhere. I had an appointment for a manicure after work and brought my project with me in case I had to wait. They were ready for me and I didn't have time to even sit down. My knitting project, in a clear plastic bag, was rested in the waiting area along with my coat.
I proceded to sit in my manicure chair within elbow length to a lady with advanced years (i.e. old). Listening to the conversation she was having with her manicurist, I realized that she had an interesting job. This is what happened next:
Joan: "You fly planes?"
Lady: "Yes, I own my own plane and do aerial photography."
Joan: "Have you been flying long?" (thinking she was introduced to flying at a very young age)
Lady: "Oh, ever since I turned 40 and the kids left home."
Joan: "That's nice!"
AND THIS IS WHERE SHE REALLY GETS MY ATTENTION...OUCH!!!
Lady: "Oh, I'm not one of those people who will pull up a chair and just knit!" (insinuating that it is a cardinal sin and only the most boring individuals must consider picking up a set of knitting needles.)
At this point I am debating whether or not to tell her that I am an avid knitter, teach knitting classes, that I breathe, eat and sleep knitting. I consider reaching in my handbag for my knitting business card, ruining my freshly painted nails. No, I keep pondering how I can slip into the conversation how great knitting can be so I ask.....
Joan: "Have you ever had a close call?" (I'm thinking that I can tell her what a stress reliever knitting can be. After all, if I almost crashed a plane, the first thing I would do is reach for my needles once I was on terra ferma.)
Lady: "Oh, yes, a couple of times and you don't forget those near tragedies."
I'm still not getting up the courage to say something for fear of embarassing her. As the conversation progresses, I find that she is a very nice lady.
I concede, there are nice people who are non-knitters.
Now that I am home I wish I had diplomatically said something and promoted knitting. What do you think?