As I walk by the tables in the corridors of the college, students drop their heads probably silently saying, “Please don’t stop, please don’t stop.” Walking from building to building many students are handing out information about their organization or cause. They see me coming and quickly turn the other way or just act like I don’t exist as I pass by. Do I have wart on my nose and a big black hat while carrying a broom?
No, but I might as well. I probably remind them of their mother and they just don’t know how to approach me. Well a person can only let this happen so long before you just have to do something about it right? Plus, I need a little excitement in my life from time to time and that day seemed as good as any.
I entered the College of Business and a young woman and man dressed in business suits stood at the door. It wasn’t unusual to see the suits but it did seem odd they were by the door just standing. Anyway, I passed them without a single word and almost turned the corner when I heard her say, “Here is some information on “Jane” (not her real name) and we would like for you to vote for her in the upcoming student elections.” I stopped dead in my tracks. Should I say something or do I just keep walking? Nope, I’m saying something.
I’ve been dismissed by these young ones for over a year now and that’s long enough. I’m a student too! Can’t they see that? I turned around and asked, “Do I not look like a student?” Let me say here neither one of them really didn’t know what to say or even how to handle this awkward situation I just created. The girl looks at the guy and then back at me and replies, “No.” Picture me now with my authoritative “momma” voice telling her, “Well I am!” “Can’t you see this bright pink book bag on my back?” By this time I know she’s thinking that I’m completely nuts and probably unstable. She then does the only thing she knows to do and asks me if I want the pamphlet. I told her, “Not now.” “Your gonna miss my vote” and turned and walked away (smiling of course).
If I have to carry around the hat and broom, I might as well use it.