As I get older I seem to find it harder to hold back my feelings when something annoys me. At the Op Shop I do try to but the other day I failed. Two male customers were chatting near the front of the shop. I was keeping busy tidying clothes and picking up hangers while the other volunteer served the customers. These two guys were chatting to him and each other and making some remarks about women that I found rather annoying. It was blokey talk and I don’t know if they meant to try and get a rise out of me or if that was normal for them. Anyway, I ignored them.
Neither of them was in a hurry to leave and their conversation flowed over different subjects until they got to climate change. “Do you believe in it?” one asked the other in a tone that sounded to me like “Do you believe in fairies?” They began to talk about how they felt that it was all exaggerated and scaremongering. This was a day or so after Greta Thunberg had addressed the UN. That was when I took umbrage. “Climate change is a scientific fact.” I snarled at them in a much nastier tone than I intended. They didn’t agree. They think it’s part of a natural cycle or something. I didn’t say anything else to them because I knew I was too mad but they knew I was too.