My office has a restroom but I prefer going down the hall to what I like to refer to as the private restroom. It is one of those single rooms where you go in one at a time. It is hard to tell if anyone is occupying the restroom without pulling on the heavy door handle. As I pulled the handle the door opened and a woman walked out. She opened the door letting me walk in. I kindly thanked her. However to my surprise, instead of closing the door behind her she walked into the private restroom with me, locking the door behind her. I quickly assessed the situation in my head. Was I in danger? Na. She was an elderly woman, perhaps in her 80's wearing a hat with a large brim. I work at a hospital so I concluded she must be coming to the doctor and shouldn't be a threat. I could take this old lady if I had to, although I would do just about anything not to get into a fight (never happened) and especially with an elderly woman (not sure how my job down the hall would feel about this). In shock I stood there with my bag in my hand. She begins to tell me that she is a children's book author and illustrator.
Today she had a book signing at a local book store. She also likes to watercolor. I stood there nodding my head letting her finish, praying for a private moment to relieve myself. I feared I might pee myself and needed a plan. As she continued to talk, I unlocked and opened the door for her, gently leading her out as she continued to speak. I gave her a few "OOoo's and Aww's" before closing the door, and firmly locking it. Finally alone at last. After I finished with my business, I opened the door to find her standing there. As I walked out, she continued to talk to me and followed me back down the hall. I cut her off mid-sentence, telling her I must get back to work and it was nice to meet her. This is the kind of nonsense that seems to happen to me on a daily basis. I started out thinking I was in the company of a crazy lady but after a little reflecting I realized she was probably just lonely and needed a friend to listen.