I had an interview with a store I was hoping to have sponsor me. My hopes are not high, mostly because I didn’t field the “And what do you do in your free time?” question well.
Me: (incredulously) Free time?
Very nice young girl: (kindly, smiling) Yes, when you’re not running or working?
Me: (slowly) And not taking care of Asa?
Very nice young girl: (also slowly) Right.
Me: Sleeping? (HaHaHa!)
Very nice young girl:
Me: (outloud) Well, you see, I run a lot. A lot… And what with Asa and Eliot and work…. Um, I used to read before Asa was born. And I mountaineered…
Me: (to myself) (Free time?!? The last time I had a free minute, I cleaned the toilet. Does that count? In my free time, I like to clean toilets? I plucked my eyebrows at a red light on the way here. Does that count? No, I run. I run when I have free time. I run when I don’t have free time. Oh, wait, I drink with my running friends after we run every Thursday night. That’s it. In my free time, I drink. Or, I write about running in a blog.)
Very nice young girl: I see, you’re outdoorsy.
Yes, I know this very nice young girl was just trying to get to know me and see if I was a good fit for their store’s sponsorship. Yes, I know how interviews work. And, yes, I was just feeling defensive — because I can’t manage to get it together enough to have free time. I should have just invented a passion for organic gardening and beat matching electronic dance music and let it go. (See below.)
There was also a requirement to be “hip.” So, no surprise readers, but I am not hip. I have never been hip. Middle school, high school, college — unhip. I feel certain being the mother of a three year-old does not make me more hip. I’ll be fine if that word is not used in my eulogy. Now, if they needed “resilient” (but not uncute in a skirt) — well, I would have impressed.
Anyway, keep your fingers crossed.