people, stories, lives

i have never been an incredibly sociable person - i am bad at making small talk (maybe some of you that i've talked to might know this, haha), my jokes are not funny at all, i am seldom comfortable with strangers.... but running the store has ironically forced me to talk to many different strangers on a daily basis.

and you know what's the strange thing? i actually enjoy it.

i have always been naturally drawn to other people's stories. and i think i am lucky, to be here, where the stories come to me. i have met struggling actors, i have talked to accomplished filmmakers, nurses, teachers, architects, painters, journalists, travelers, all sorts of people. i have even met a cancer survivor who walked into the store with a story that made me smile for the rest of the day.

every single one of them had a story to tell me. through our short or long conversations, i would find out crucial things about them. i would realize that they all have their own dreams, their own aspirations. if i could i would sit every one of them down with a cup of coffee and talk to them for hours on end. i would get to know each of them intimately. we would share our fears and hopes with each other. we would try to understand each other.

(and of course, once in awhile, if i am lucky enough, i meet someone cute enough who makes my heart skip a beat ;)

so if you ever find yourself in the store, please don't be awkward. try to talk to me, the grumpy shopkeeper sitting behind the counter. i might look grumpy but i would still love to talk to you and listen to you. i would want to find out if you're gay (this remains one of my favourite things to find out about a person). you might want to volunteer that information to me because i'd be too shy to ask anyway. i'd also want to know if you have a boyfriend/girlfriend, and whether you're gainfully employed or not (and where, and for how long). also, i'd love to find out about your favourite authors, movies, bands and so on. so talk to me. we might even adjourn to the rooftop (once it's ready) to continue our conversation over a cup of steaming coffee. and then who knows? we might end up realizing that we're made for each other.



June 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM e said...

haha i can empathize with the social awkwardness thing, so i really enjoyed this entry. gives me hope :)

June 6, 2009 at 10:36 PM Anonymous said...

its very nice of you to pass on this "love" through your blog! I think its great :)

After reading your blog, i've been dying to pop by your store for the first time :) i'm very sure that i'll have the time of my life~ See you soon!

June 7, 2009 at 3:35 PM S said...

you're so cute you make my heart skip a beat :x

June 7, 2009 at 7:53 PM Anonymous said...

We have something in common --> "i would want to find out if you're gay"

is this a gay thing?! haha

June 7, 2009 at 11:42 PM R said...

yes, it's definitely a gay thing ;p