Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"My son is 24. And you are 24? Oh, perfect."

My coworker has a complicated back story.

Mostly what it comes down to is that she has two sons who are both 24 but not twins.

In case you didn't know, I'm 24.

This coworker has spoken of her children every once in a while, and she is always talking about how great they are.

Apparently, one of her sons came into the office about two months ago. We were not introduced, but my coworker talked me up to him later. Then she told me all about him and how sweet he is. He really is a wonderful guy, apparently. She went on and on and on about how great he is and what he likes to do, and do I like to do those things too?

I found out he lives in Grover Beach, which is too far from Atascadero, so it would never work out. I kind of mentioned that to her, and she kind of dropped the subject.

About a week ago, my coworker was talking about how her son was coming to get her for lunch. I was in the break room, and I hear my coworker answer her phone. She said, "Oh, I'm not going out there, you should come in here. (pause) I know, but you should come in and see where I work. (Pause) Okay, just come straight to the back. Okay, bye."

Well, I overhear this and then I hear him approach her desk, and they are chatting, and then suddenly she is in the break room introducing me to her son.

This was a different son. I remembered what the first one looked like, and this one was different. We made some small talk, a few jokes, and then they went to lunch.

By the time they got back I was working again, and suddenly my coworker comes into the room I was in and she just sits down. I ask her where she went to lunch and if she had a nice time.

And then she starts talking about this son, and how surprised he was to find out I had my degree, and I just seemed so cool and I would be fun to hang out with, and he doesn't drink either, and he is really just a great guy, and maybe he'll call me up and we can do something sometime.


We had to stop our conversation then because she was called away, but today we picked it up again. I was on my lunch, reading a book. The thing about reading a book is that I am reading not because I have nothing else to do, but because I want to read the book. So, my nose is buried in my book, my coworker comes in the room and she says, "So if (son's name) calls you up and asks you to go fishing, what would you say?"

So what did I do? What would you do in this situation?

I paused.

First off, I'm reading. She caught me totally unawares! Second, I didn't know what to say, so I said, "Uhhh...."

And she says, "You're mean!!"

Trying to recover I say something like, "Well, I'll have to check my social calendar you know,"

And she said, "Oh, yes, I know, you and all your little boyfriends," and I nodded. "Exactly," I said. I usually work in the daytime, but in the nighttime go out and do something, so I change my clothes in the bathroom at work, and she always sees me going out. So, she thinks I have a life.

And then she says, "Well, it never hurts to have a new friend you know. People can always get new friends and nothing is wrong with that. They are nice to have around, new friends."

And she's right. So I agreed that new friends are nice to have.

So I wonder: Is he going to call me up on the work line and ask me out? Are my other coworkers going to love it when it happens? Yes.

Did my coworker get my cell number from the list and give it to her son? I don't know.

I don't know if these sons actually want to get to know me or if my coworker is the one that wants us to get together. If I tell my coworker, "Hey, yeah, it would be fun to get to know your boys better," what does that mean? That she will call them and give them the thumbs up? I don't know.

I am not particularly interested in being set up, but my coworker is really interested in my meeting her sons. So, right now I am thinking that the next time she brings it up, I'll say, "Sure, have them call me."

If anything, I will have a good story to tell.


Marissa said...

That is funny. You should totally go! Hey if doesn't work out then there is always the other son! I once had a boss try to set me up with his son. I was 21 and he was 17, a senior in college and a senior in high school, big difference!

Amanda said...

If it doesn't work out, at least you get a free dinner, right? But, there's always the possibility of spoiling the work environment, but it sounds like that's already starting to happen... But, you're not going to work with this lady forever.

Tara said...

I think this is hilarious...I could just imagine you sitting there reading and that...wham! I was also wondering about the how they are going to contact you question...I think it would be kinda weird if she gave them your number without asking first. Well good luck, maybe you should hint toward the one you think is least then you'd get a date and something nice to look at. ;) J/K

farfar said...

I agree with Amanda go for it and get a free dinner out of it. Hopefully your coworker doesn't start calling you her soon to be daughter...then I might get a little worried. Good luck with your situation

Myriah said...

Well, I saw my coworker on Friday, and she didn't mention anything to me, although she did seem a bit preoccupied. I'm expecting it will come up again next week.