The woman at the laundromat is trying to tell me something. I don’t mean psychically, and I’m not cracking up. I mean that she’s actually trying to speak to me, but due to the fact that she is Haitian and I don’t speak patois, I have no idea what she’s saying.
She seems to think we’re friends though. She’s always delighted to see me. And I can sort of tell from the inflection of what she’s trying to say that she approves of my sartorial choices.
We did have a bad patch there, when I threw an empty box of Tide into the trash outside instead of the indoor trash at the laundromat, but I think we’ve moved past it. She spoke English that time, for a couple words. I managed to make up out “NO” and “BUSINESS TRASH” and “INDOORS.” I’d like to reciprocate, and learn a couple words in patois, just in the name of politeness.
I’d start with whatever the translation for “I’M READING” is, or maybe: “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE SAYING. PLEASE GO AWAY.”