I’m so proud of myself. For once, I kept my big mouth shut.
It was the end of the camping season, and I was spending my Sunday afternoon collecting access fees in the campground’s overflow parking lot.
A Jeep pulled into the campground’s driveway. It was followed by one of those minivan/station wagon hybrid vehicles.
I approached the woman driving the Jeep. Yes, they wanted to walk the trail she said in response to my first question. I told her there was a $5 access fee, and she pulled out a twenty.
I want to pay for the kids behind me, she told me.
While I was making change, I noticed the vehicle behind her backing out.
Are you with them? I asked the woman in the Jeep. They’re backing out.
She said she was with them, so I started gesturing at the second vehicle so the driver would not back out.
That’s my daughter in the car, the woman in the Jeep told me. Her boyfriend is driving. He’s kind of stupid.
I didn’t know how best to respond to that allegation, so I simply said, I’m sorry.
I am too! the woman laughed
I looked back at the second vehicle and saw the stupid boyfriend had stopped backing up and was pulling forward again.
Maybe she’ll get over it, I suggested optimistically to the woman in the Jeep.
I hope so, she said.
It was only later I realized I’d done a good job and not said anything regrettable. I thought about all the scandalous words that could have popped out of my mouth had I been less vigilant.
Maybe he has other talents. (said in a wink wink, nudge nudge double entendre voice)
Maybe he’s good in bed.
Maybe he’s got a big cock.
Maybe she wants to be sure she’s the smartest person in the relationship.
Maybe he lets her spend his money.
I’m so proud of myself. I didn’t let my big mouth embarrass me for once.