“I’m sorry. I apologize if I was coming on too strong.” I’d never said those words before. Still…even though I’d uttered them, it was hard to feel truly sorry for what had happened, because the innocuous series of events had unfurled thusly:
A routine encounter with a black-haired stranger had suddenly been interrupted by these words:
“Excuse, me, but I don’t come here to be sexually harassed by you, or anyone else.”
“I’m sorry ma’am?”
‘You’re doing it again!” She took a deep breath. “I’m not sure if you’re aware how frequently you use the M sound. You know like the letter…” she took a deep breath…” M?”
“Yes. I know this letter.”
“Well, it sounds highly sexual to me. Stop it now.”
“Okay, I’m sorry. I apologize if I was coming on too strong.”
“Well, you don’t look very sorry.” Not sorry enough for someone who seems to make a habit of coming on strong with fragile ladies, she might have been thinking.
“I meant it! I mean. I…I’m doing it again, aren’t I?’
A strange encounter.
This is not meant as an endorsement for any of you to come on too strong. But mind your P’s and Q’s.