A VIGNETTE FROM 'PATTI' IN CORNER CONFESSIONS
Perplexed, Steph asked this strange stranger across from her, “So, is the mayor a he or a she?”
Stretching her left arm across the table for a handshake with her palm down, this woman introduced herself with a smile, “Hi, my name is Patti and I’m the town liar.”
With a confused look and fumbling with her arms to figure out which one to use for the return handshake - unusual as it was, Steph asked, “Don’t you mean crier? And I don’t want to seem rude, here, but are you my 4pm appointment today?”
“It depends on who you are and if you’d like me to be,” quipped Patti.
“My name is Steph and…”
“Nice to meet you Steph,” Patti said pulling her arm back to her side of the table, then picking up the coffee pot and shaking it to gauge how much coffee was left.
Steph motioned toward the coffee pot and said, “There’s still quite a bit left in there,” and then continued with the pleasantries of, “Nice to meet you, too… I’m sorry, I just forgot your name.”
“My name is Penny.”
Steph sat there for a moment, quickly replaying the last two minutes of conversation in her head while looking at this person sitting in front of her and then slowly asked, “Was it Patti? Or, was it Penny?”
“Either one works for me,” as she smiled and poured coffee into the clean mug sitting next to the pot.
Steph leaned back in her chair smiling with the realization she was being toyed with but didn’t fully understand why? Although she tried to suppress her instinct to go into the smooth-talking, fast-paced, shark she could easily become when people started talking circles around her – typically when trying to dissuade her from continuing on with her sales spiel - she couldn’t help herself and decided to play along. “Well then… nice to meet you Patti-Penny.”
Patti-Penny paused for a moment after she poured her coffee and smiled at Steph. Upon quickly deciding she could have a stimulating conversation with a possible worthy opponent, she began, “So, what brings you to this fine coffee shop to discuss life with people?”
“Probably the same thing that brought you here to chat with me on this fine day,” Steph replied with confidence that she knew she was on the verge of a very interesting afternoon conversation.
“What do you do for a living?”
“Advertising sales, and you?”
“I’m in sales, too.”
“Really? What area?” Steph asked, looking directly at Patti-Penny.
“Self-confidence,” Patti-Penny answered quickly, looking directly at Steph.