Tonight I went to visit an older neighbour. My parents know her but I’ve only ever waved and said g’day as I’ve ridden past. It was after tea when I knocked on her door. As she fumbled with the lock I introduced myself with my full name.
“Oh yes, come in matthew, I’ve been expecting you. Take a seat by the heater and I’ll just finish this phone call”.
It struck me as strange, I didn’t have any arrangement to see her, it was a decision I’d made two minutes ago. Anyway, I took a seat by the heater and occupied myself eyeing over the mountains of books on the surrounding tables.
I wasn’t trying to listen to her conversation, but I kept hearing my name.. This was also strange, despite probably not knowing my name before I’d introduced myself I could now hear my name at the centre of their conversation. For example, I heard her say that she “better go and talk to matthew”.. I guess it was weird because she kept using my name as if she’d been talking to her friend about me prior to my arrival.
After a short time their conversation ended and she came and joined me at the table. Apparently she’d been discussing a dream with her friend which involved a bloke named matthew coming and visiting her. I took it very matter-of-factually but now that I sit back and think about it, this was really weird.