It is difficult
with a person who adamant
ly refuses to accept any idea that contradict
My friend was the last of our trio
his identification card on the counter
of the university health
", he said.
The elderly aide
looked at him, then peer
ed over her glasses (like only an elderly woman does) at my other colleague
Being employed in a research institute
, it was imperative
that we obtain licence
s to work with radioactive substance
s, which is why we were there. My friend (we'll call him J) was a graduate
student in the lab, with the fervent desire
to leave after he had obtained his PhD.
The elderly aide (Auntie) scrutinised
at my other colleague and I (the bona fide
employees) before turning back to J.
"Staff", she pronounce
Naturally, he had to protest
against this convenient label
. J had no intention
of becoming a staff member until he reached 105.
"No, I'm a student."
(Another short pause followed this assert
"Ah, but you're staff, right?"
It was obvious that the water
had not sunk
deep. Some might say that the soil was impervious
to any attempts to inject even a little moisture
, as could be understood from the exchange
Regarding the exchange that followed, I feel no obligation to elaborate
to say that Auntie was taking no truck
from a graduate student, who having arrived with two staff members, was very firm
with his status
as a "student, I'm a STEW-DENT."
It was most
ly more amusing
, and more exasperating than teaching a fish to polevault
In the end, a more enlighten
ed nurse came to our rescue
upon seeing that Auntie had made no progress
ing applications for the past five minutes. Auntie grudgingly allow
ed that J was INDEED a student as he claim
ed and the world stopped laughing