The young woman sat at the waiting area of an airport gate, loudly talking into her cell phone, ignoring the annoyed looks of everyone within earshot.
In contrast to the pained expressions of the crowd, the man sitting directly across from her actually leaned forward in his chair in rapt attention. He really seemed to be getting into it: Nodding his head in agreement with her at times, or sometimes pursing his lips in silent reproof, or raising his eyebrows in surprise, or shaking his head sadly in dismay and making clucking sounds. He clearly relished every bit of the thunderous dialog.
After a bit she became aware of it, said into her phone, "Just a second," and glared at him. "DO YOU MIND?"
The man beamed a 1000-watt smile back at her and said, "No, I don't mind at all - its fascinating! Please continue!"
The moral of the story: Ignoring people is not the same as them not being there...
Kind of a fun image. Not sure if you can call this "commissioned" or not: I did it by request for a friend and I did it just for fun, not for money LOL!
BTW, the word "fable" in this context is not "a legendary story" but "a profound lesson" - as in "Aesop's Fables!" (With my profound apologies to that legendary wise teacher of old... LOL!)
Image © 2011 by Larry Hodge
Oct 13, 2011 11:14:44 pmby brewgirlca Online Now! Homepage »
In fact this is not a fable at all but a riff on what has become a common everyday occurence in our society. Where we put more priority on a person on the other end of a cell phone that those around us. At a resteraunt in London I saw two fashion model beautiful young Japanese women who had obviously met for a dinner. Though seated at a very small table they spoke to each other for no more than 5 minutes of the almost an hour they had dinner. I have seen Doonsbury parodies of this and it is very real and rapidly becoming more common.
Oct 14, 2011 10:12:28 amby Bossie_Boots Homepage »
This is amazing i like how you blacked out the people in the back like the person on the phone is doing i can really relate to this because it drives me mad everywhere you go your listening to everybodys business you cant help but hear it because they dont talk quietly i love this its superb !!