Sunday, March 2, 2014

[SOLSC] Word Clouds

I am taking part in the Slice of Life Story Challenge with Two Writing Teachers. For this challenge I will be attempting to write a "Slice of Life" post each day in the month of March and each Tuesday after that.

Last night I had the opportunity to sit in an emergency room for a few hours (no worries--the friend is doing well). The late-night shift was on duty, and they were a sassy crowd. I settled my head onto my arms and listened to the "word cloud" of their conversations. With the curtain drawn, I had few faces to match with the voices, and my imagination filled in what was missing.

I listened to their voices, their whispers, their conversations as they moved from social chats to patient conversations. I heard caring in some and duty in others. I heard everything from sassy gossip to tentative flirting to supportive conversation among them. I could tell who was new to the shift and who had been together in those late hours before.

Those hard-working folks became a TV show in my mind through the words I could hear. They took on characters that may or may not have looked anything like them with imagined lives most likely far from the real thing.

I felt like thanking them as I left in the tiny hours of the night--my friend tucked in and safe under their care. I smiled at them widely as I walked out, but I quickly realized I wasn't in their mental TV show that day--I was just the lady sitting in the chair in room D2 with her head down.


  1. I love listening in to conversations. My husband once had a graduate assignment to listen in to conversation and we picked McDonald's on Mothers Day. It was so hysterical...we were both madly writing down one liners! Good listeners make great writers...I'm convinced. Thanks for the reminder. xo

    1. I can only imagine McDonalds on Mother's Day!

  2. Love it. Want to read the rest of the book.

  3. I love how you use the phrase "word cloud"! It seems so appropriate in this instance. I too am a quiet observer. My favorite place to do so is Starbucks. It's always such an eclectic mix of people there. I can sit for hours and just observe.

  4. Thank you! As a child I would get so wrapped up in them! I've learned to multi-task.