There is a nice older woman who lives in my neighborhood. For years, people have spread rumors about her being an axe murderer, a crazy cat lazy, and anything imaginable. None of this is true, but people wouldn’t know that because they’ve never really taken the time to get to know the woman. The woman mostly kept to herself, but mostly because people avoided her. I never imagined that I would be getting a pedicure in Singapore with this woman, but that was because I hadn’t met her yet.
I met the woman when I knocked on her door one day. I was raising money for the local school by selling chocolate, and wanted to ask the woman if she would like to buy some. People would tell me just to skip her door and go on to the next one. It was so weird, because everyone was behaving like school children who had lost a baseball in someone’s yard and were afraid to ask for it back. I went up to her house and knocked on the door and she answered it. I told her about the fundraiser and as I asked, the woman told me that it was about time someone asked her if she wanted any candy.
The woman was perfectly normal in every way, she was just a little lonely. After selling her the chocolate, I came back to her house and asked her if she wanted to have tea with me. She told me that tea was her favorite beverage in the world. Over tea, we talked about our lives and quickly became friends. I asked her to join me at the spa for a pedicure and she accepted. The woman became more outgoing and people started greeting her. Once they realized she was normal like everyone else, they stopped making up crazy stories about her.