I’m lucky. The spot I need to be at has a tree. Normally its not this hot, in the upper 80’s, in June in Seattle. My tan resembles dirt (if I get one) or more likely I burn and peel and stay lily white.
I plunk down my umbrella as I won’t need it and its a pain to carry around. I adjust my gown with the gold trim, and red cape. I sit my horned hat on my head and I’m ready to teach a song to the accountants. No matter I have never taught a song to a group before, much less accountants, I’m still rearing to go. Must be the adrenaline rush.
I’m a “plant” in a team building game. No teams are in sight. While waiting, I people watch in the busy park and go over the song in my mind. And take a selfie which I don’t do often as you can tell.
People stare at me with curiosity but keep on walking. A dog comes by and says hello. His master follows behind and hesitates. No, he decides he’s not going to ask me why but he’d like to.
I see my first team of accountants in the distance, a gaggle of students all wearing the same T-shirt. One of them spots me. I do stand out, a Valkyrie under a tree. To my surprise, they pick up the tune to Dream a Little Dream quickly, the words not so quickly. One looks up the lyrics on her phone and we’re off until we can’t find a passerby who wants to be serenaded. After a minute or two, we corral someone and the team brings it off, even adding hand gestures. I’m feeling flush since it turns out I chose an easy tune to learn.
While waiting for the next team, a woman approaches me and asks why I’m dressed like that. I respond I’m part of a team building exercise, a Nordic goddess down from Valhalla searching for song birds. The teams of accountants don’t qualify as song birds but they’re coming lots closer than I thought.
She asks to take my picture and I smile for the camera. She is the only person to ask out of the hundreds who walk by.