What's the funniest/weirdest/strangest thing you've heard while eavesdropping on someone else's conversation? Not necessarily the amebo type, but the type you involuntarily overhear.
I overheard a conversation today. And I was almost dying to say something! My body was itching, my tongue was almost swelling up. I was almost foaming at the mouth! I really wanted to speak. But what could I say to someone I'd never met before, about something I shouldn't have heard in the first place? Here's what happened:
So like I said, I'm not feeling too well and I ran some tests yesterday. I went to pick up the results today and while I waited there was this lady also waiting for her result. She got a call and went outside to answer the call as she obviously needed some privacy. The call went somewhat like this;
"No aunty I cannot do it anymore. I can't. Is it when I die that I will leave? We are not even married yet and it is already like this. I have tried to manage but I'm getting tired. His temper is too high. Hia! Somebody that beat his younger sister till she started bleeding just because she came home late..... his sister that he loves very much, that means he can kill me nau! Everytime he will be beating me, everytime he will come and beg and I will forgive him. I've made up my mind o! After I ran away last week I am not going back. (Now this was the shocking part). I just don't know what to do. I have been sleeping anywhere I can see. That first night I slept in a hotel, but you know how expensive hotels in this island is. The next day I managed and slept in another hotel, that one was cheaper but it finished my money. Since then I've been sleeping in my car. For two nights I slept in front of that Catholic Church in phase 1, the third time they came and drove me away. After that I started sleeping in front of the Redeemed church. In fact anywhere I see I sleep. I need to leave Lagos, I just need somebody to go and pack my things from the house. And somebody that can give me small money.... Aunty I cannot go back! Hmmm, how many times will I forgive him? Ok. I just came to check my test result, let me know first, if I'm pregnant then I will try and decide what to do.. .."
I paraphrased. She ended the phone call with her aunty and that last sentence brought even more complications. She came back inside, smiled and sat down. This time I smiled more brightly at her. But I wanted to do more than smile, she looked like she's around the same age as me. She looked terribly tired too. I wanted to tell her not to go back to him, whether she's pregnant or not. I wanted to tell her she didn't deserve to be his punching bag. I wanted to tell her life was too short. I wanted to know why her aunty couldn't help (but the woman probably has bigger problems of her own).
But what solution did I have to offer? Was I going to get her a place to stay if she decides not to go back to him? Was I going to see her through pregnancy and help with the child's welfare? Should I have said "I'm sorry about what you're going through. It is well." ? Your guess is as good as mine.
I said nothing. After all it was a private conversation I should not have heard in the first place.
*What's the weirdest thing you've overheard in a conversation?
*What do you do when you have a strong opinion on something you overheard?
*Do you just voice it out even though you don't know the person, or you know the person but the thing discussed in no way concerns or involves you?
*In my shoes, would you have said anything to the lady I met today?