Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Overheard at Table Four: Charity and the English Major

She wrapped her hands around her coffee mug, and said blithely, "No I never could have gotten serious with Matthew.  I never could have married an English Major."

Maria leaned in, and said, "But why not?  That semester I remember he was really into you!"

She shrugged and said, "Because of my name.  Charity.   Any English major, at some point in our relationship, would say something stupid about how charity is giving out without expecting to get anything back.  And I knew that would make me so mad I'd probably gouge out the guy's eyes with a fork."

Maria laughed.  "So basically, you just saved the life of at least one English major."

Charity smiled.  "For whatever that's worth, yeah."

Maria said, "So, you actually DO live up to your name."

Charity gave her the look that only true friends can give when the other delivers a subtly cloying truth.

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