Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?Posted: March 4, 2010
Tuesday morning, I went to a local bagel shop for breakfast. It is part of my workday routine. I stood waiting for my order when I saw something I never thought I would actually see.
A man bought a bagel, a cup of coffee and a banana. He didn’t have enough hands to hold his bagel, banana and fill his coffee cup. So he stuck his banana in his pocket.
He did it without thinking, he wasn’t trying to be funny. He did it and stood there casually pouring coffee and talking to the people behind the counter.
I repeat: he stuck his banana in his pocket. I felt so privileged to see this. Do you know how many people go through life without seeing a man put a banana in his pocket? Maybe some people see it, but they don’t notice. I feel sorry for those people.
Now, to be fair, he did put it in his back pocket. However, I contend that there was a pocket with a banana in it and that fulfills the elements of the joke. I stood looking for a moment, turned away to keep from laughing out loud. I looked right into the grinning face of another man who had clearly seen the tropical fruit/pocket interface. I felt like I should say something, but words failed me in this case. We both snickered, my food arrived and I left.
I guess some things don’t need a comment, we should just sit back and enjoy the majesty of the experience. Keep your eyes open, friends, the world is handing us moments all the time.
“You know, we just don’t recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they’re happening.”Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, Field of Dreams.