being lazy and impatient

looking for parking

getting rich

falling in love

being in shape

reading books

“Are you talking to yourself?”

He was embarrassed, and stumbled for an explanation for his behavior.

“No, really, it’s ok. I do it too… generally not in public. It tends to freak people out.”

Much more at ease.

“Where do you do it then?”

“Typically, when I’m driving. Sometimes I pretend to be on my cell phone, if I’m in public.”

“So you do do it in public, then?”

“…If I can avoid freaking people out.”

“And why so concerned at the comfort level of others?”

She laughed.

“I wish I could say it was a concern for others. Honestly, I feel uncomfortable if I feel as though I’m making others such.”

“Why?”

“That’s… that’s probably to do with some insecurity of mine.”

“No, not why do you feel uncomfortable. Why do you talk to yourself?”