Tuesday, May 19, 2009

In the rear view mirror

Have you ever watched people in the car behind you when you're stopped at a traffic light? There are lights around here that seem interminable and I often occupy myself (mostly when I'm alone) by watching in the rear view mirror to figure out what people are doing or saying.

I've watched couples have arguments. Obviously I can't hear the words but the expressions and the body language says argument. Other couples just sit there, each looking out their own window with no conversation at all. I always wonder what they're each thinking about and how they got to that point to look so distant and isolated from each other.

I've seen moms and kids talking ~ sometimes yelling or not speaking to each other at all, men shaving, women putting on makeup, lots of non-hands free cell phone talkers, young couples out on dates and laughing. I just find it fun to imagine where they are in their lives and what has brought them to this same intersection for this two or three minute interlude. Nothing all that extraordinary, just an idle pastime that lets me peek into other people's lives for a little while.

5 comments:

jill said...

ooh! I love doing this in restaurants. My hubby and I fight for the 'room' view. Although he doesn't play the whole 'situation' out, he just points out funny things.

Maggie's Mind said...

I enjoy people watching, too. :) You can tell so much from body language, even without hearing words.

Employee No. 3699 said...

I actually saw a man shaving while driving yesterday. When we got to the light I was right next to him. It figures the one day I don't have my camera in my purse this happens because I would have so taken a picture of him!

Courtney said...

I love looking at everything! And everyone! I'm a "Peeping Tom" - when we're driving at night, I like looking in people's homes. I'm not [necessarily :)] looking for people being "naughty" - I like to see what kinds of clutter they're decorating with.

Erin said...

One of my favorite things to do with Mike is to smooch at stoplights. One time we smooched and then Mike started laughing. Turns out there was a couple behind us who saw us smooch. The woman then got upset with the man because he didn't smooch her. Hee. Cracked us up at the time.

And I'm with Courtney - I love looking in people's windows. It's fascinating.