“Mind if I sit here?”
I looked up from my ham sandwich and chips to see a pretty brown-haired girl with sparkling blue eyes, and a smile that seemed impossibly wide and bright. I sat stunned anyone would talk to me, much less sit by me, so I didn’t answer other than to nod.
She set her tray down across from me and stuck out her hand. “I’m Jen. And you are?”
I took her hand slowly, wandering if this was some haze the new guy trick. “John.”
“Nice to meet you, John. Just moved here, huh?”
I glanced around the lunchroom, seeing others throw stares and whispers. I frowned and turned back to her. “Is this some kind of trick?”
She looked surprised and hurt. “What are you talking about?”
I gestured toward my body, tall, overweight and unattractive. “Pretty girls just don’t talk to guys like me.”
She grinned. “You think I’m pretty?”
She swung her hand in a grand gesture which encompassed the entire room. “Look, I grew up here and know all these people already. I love meeting new people and getting to know them. I’m not trying to trick you or anything, I just like making new friends.”
I could feel my face flush. “Sorry,” I mumbled.
“It’s fine. I can understand if you want to be alone.” She grabbed her tray and made to leave.
“No. Wait!” I gestured to her seat. “Please. I…I don’t have any friends here. I would like it if you stayed and talked.”
She smiled at me and I felt my face respond. She sat back down and grabbed her milk. “Okay, but you’re wrong you know.”
“You’re wrong. You have at least one friend here.”
10 years later
“Mind if I sit here?”
I stand beside a new hire sitting in the break room by herself while everyone else chats with people they’ve known for years. She nods her head and I plop down in the seat across from her. I can see the confusion and suspicion on her face as I stick out my hand. “Hi. I’m John and I like to meet new people.”
My contribution for the WordPress Daily Prompt. The one-word prompt for the day was Generous. I have had the good fortune to meet many generous people this past year as I go through nursing school and I’m proud to call them friends.
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