Taking daily breaks at Starbuck's affords me the time to relax and do some quick sketches. My husband and I love to sit and talk for what seems like hours and people watch. Often, I hear conversations (not meaning to, but most Starbuck's are very small places), and sometimes I can't hear myself think because someone is being RATHER loud.
On this particular day, three teenage girls stopped in to have a coffee and chat. Or so we thought. At first the conversation they had was quite normal. Then the girl that sat facing directly towards me made herself quite known to everyone in Starbuck's. Her laugh was so loud and obnoxious and continuous that my husband slowly ducked his behind the newspaper and shot me the "oh brother" look and I grumbled that I could not even think to sketch. We looked around to see what would make this young girl want to be the center of attention and there behind the counter were two male employees. One of the male employees came out from behind the counter and gave one of the girls (a quieter blonde) a quick hug, a kiss on the cheek, said his hellos to everyone, then went back behind the counter. Aaah, we said knowingly to each other, "a little competition amongst the girls. That answers everything." Our other thought was, what guy would be attracted to someone so loud and obnoxious? She certainly couldn't have been scoring any points that day. Hopefully, this is just a passing phase in this young girl's life.
On the positive side of this, we remembered that our own four children (2 teens and 2 adults) have all gone through their own growing pains of various sorts and thankfully have grown into mature, delightful, and caring individuals to be around and we are so very proud of them.