Wednesday, September 16, 2009


I love people watching.

This is a known fact.

Don't believe me? Read THIS post to catch up on when I taught a Norwegian how to people watch.

I'm serious about this stuff.

So, when Ian and I were invited to Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, to host a table at a Global Outreach Mobilization event, (an M event, learning to read between the lines yet?) I was feeling a little queasy about it.

After all, I knew there would be good people watching, but I wouldn't be able to just sit back and observe.

I was expected to interact.

With strangers.

Adult strangers.


Stick me in a room full of Elementary strangers and I'm the belle of the ball.

Stick me in a room of college students and I'm "that girl," hiding underneath of the table.

So we went. And we talked with students about where we are going for our new job with "The Company," and answered their questions about the region.

And then, after the cold sweats subsided and I didn't look like I was going to pass out, I slipped behind our display board to do some people watching.

First of all, let me tell you I am only 22. I finished college a year early and have always considered myself an old soul.

Second of all.... How old are college students now a days? 15? I was shocked at how young some of these people looked!

Thirdly, I had the pleasure of watching one group of college guys eating lunch (no, that wasn't the pleasure...wait for the rest of the story.) They were doing their own thing, eating and goofing off, when, out of nowhere, a girl attacked one of the guys in a bundle of shrieks and hugs and floppy hair.

I was taken aback.

What was this creature? and what was she was doing to the poor unsuspecting guy?

Oh, you know, she was just coming by to tell him him hi.

And to flirt. Duh.

And it just made me hope that I never looked that ridiculous/desperate. Don't you agree?


Tatiana said...

I love people watching, too, especially in airports :) And yes, some college students can be pretty immature nowadays...
I checked out your book review blog. I would love to join and read some of them just as soon as I pass my boards :)
You got a very cute blog :)

Callie said...

Yes, I do agree! :-) I love people watching - I like thinking of what the people must sound like, or where they must come from, or trying to discern what I can about their personality. That sounds judgmental (and I'm ashamed to say that sometimes I am judgmental), but it's more the fun of imagining their stories that makes it fun.
You know you're getting old when college students start looking young. I know this because I have experienced it lately. But you got to remember that alot of these college students are only 18, and that is young, is it not? It didn't seem like it a few years ago when we were 18 though, huh? Gracious, I'm feeling older by the second . . . in a few years I'm going to look back on this comment and laugh at myself.

Cara said...

I'm 24 and college students nowadays ARE 15! Crazy young kids. ;) I feel so sorry for those desperate girls...but people watching is super fun. :D
Cara B.

Anonymous said...

I like people watching, too! I actually was required to do it for a psychology class, which was pretty interesting! I don't like to think about other people watching me though. :)

Kaylyn said...

hahaha...yes, totally agree. But I know I was probably worse! :)

Jessica said...

Luke and I went to his little sister's volleyball game the other day. She's a freshman in college. At the game I found myself complaining the whole time about the "annoying college students." Even though I was one three years ago. Luke simply told me that I'm getting old :-P

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

LOL, I know what you mean by the whole freaking out things with girls when they are saying hello. SO annoying!