Anyone who’s seen Charlie, Where the Red Fern Grows, or Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants understands that friendship is a valuable thing. I learned this lesson anew on a trip I took this summer. In the terminal, I had the good fortune of sitting near a trio of friends who were taking a vacation together. I listened in on their conversation and was inspired.
Actual conversation overheard at airport (names have been changed)
Voldy: Hey, Clover, would you mind watching our stuff while Watson and I go grab some food or something?
Clover: Yeah, that’s fine. Go ahead.
Voldy: You sure you won’t mind? We shouldn’t be long.
Clover: It’s fine. Really.
Watson: Okay, back in a jiff.
Watson and Voldy leave. Clover’s phone rings.
Clover: Yeah, I’m at the airport. No, it’s fine. I can talk now. Really, it’s fine. Yeah, the flight should be on time. It’s lame, though, because I’m really hungry, but Voldy and Watson left me with all their suitcases. Yeah, they just left me. I can’t go anywhere. I’m just sitting here, bored out of my mind, surrounded by piles and piles of suitcases. Yeah, they can really be jerks sometimes. Uh huh. Uh huh. Ooh, gotta go; they’re coming back.
Watson: Thanks, Clover. Who was that on the phone?
Clover: My brother. He just called me, like, out of nowhere. It’s not like I have better things to do, you know. He can really be a jerk sometimes. Is that sandwich for me?
Voldy: Actually, it’s for me. I usually eat two sandwiches. But we can watch your things while you get something.
Clover: I don’t know… You’re really going to eat both of those sandwiches?
Voldy: Yeah, I get hungry.
Clover: Okay, yeah, I’ll go get something.
Voldy: Wow. Did you see that?
Watson: Yeah, man. It’s like she couldn’t wait to leave.
Voldy: She can be a real jerk sometimes.