29/09/16 Di’s Super Power
Di has a capability that has been refined to a formidable degree while we’ve been travelling. It’s not simply a talent – it’s much more than that. It’s a superpower. Let me give you an example: Di can go to drop the rubbish in the bin, a quick task there and back. On returning to the van, she can relate the names of people she’d just met, where they were from, how long they’ve been travelling, what their children do for a living, any problems with their van, good camp spots they recommend … and on it goes. She might only have been gone for a few minutes and she got all that! She’s even come back once with a copy of a recipe!
It’s more than just a capacity to talk but, more significantly, it’s a supreme ability to elicit maximum information. Me, I have no idea how a short conversation can culminate in so much detail. Hers is a superpower of which I am in awe.
It’s a universal power that she wields, extending beyond camp sites where people are inclined to converse anyway, travellers being generally an open and chatty lot. No, it knows no bounds and can happen anywhere – while I’m fuelling up the car, for example. Within half a tank, she can have found a local and extracted where the Information Centre is located along with that person’s family history. Me, I come across someone, and it’s like “G’day…Howyagoin?…Priddygoodthanksmate.” And that’s it. Didn’t give much, didn’t get much. Pleasantries over and back to pumping fuel.
Di would be eminently great screening refugees. Within minutes, I reckon her superpower would extract enough information to certify their entry status one way or the other. She would be a definite national asset. But then, if she were to do that, I’d be left to locate the Information Centre on my own…“G’day…Howyagoin?…”
“Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It’s the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all.” ― Guy de Maupassant