“Ah, so you’re the law student?”

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That would have been my cue to go off at that point. But this time, I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to spoil the moment. I also realized the decades I had struggled to fit into my own neighborhood with less educated, less intellectual, and just down right hokey neighbors, this guy would waltz right in and fit right in to my house. I let it go. And I didn’t even have to think that I wouldn’t call it out.

Yet my mother remembered and brought it up in the family chat, followed by the comment, “I don’t know why these things happen to Nadia all the time.”

I wanted her to be proud that I let it go so softly.

I must have a had a solid decade, or maybe just half a decade on the guy, but I looked like a law student to him.

I just remarked, “No, actually I am a law professor.”

Followed by the, “Ohhh, nice to meet you.”

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