|Did you really say that?|
Did you really see that?
Did you really hear...
In those moments, it's almost as though time comes to a complete halt; for just a second or two, everything screeches to a "what next", dead-stop. And then, just as abruptly, the conversation resumes as if nothing has happened. We all ignore "the mysterious gap" and act as though we didn't notice. Life goes on.
Imagine you're thoroughly confused at this point so let me tell you about a recent example...
Went out to lunch not too long ago with a new credit union CEO in Durham, N.C. It was one of those "I'm new and want to introduce myself" kinda of invitations - meeting him for the first time. We agreed to meet at El Toro Pizzeria on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.
After a few brief pleasantries, a perky, young waitress bopped up and asked: "What can I get for y'all?"
Having been to the restaurant before, I knew exactly what I wanted and said I'd like a margherita. Instantly, there was one of those awkward moments, "a noticeable gasp of silence". We all experienced it, but personally I couldn't fathom what had caused it!
After that quirky moment of hesitation, the
|Margherita - basil, tomato, mozzarella !|
My new acquaintance also laughed and delivered this inimitable, classic line:
"Well, I just assumed you were a raging alcoholic, but I didn't want to be judgmental!"