I had to pop in to Molly May's office this morning to leave a finance expenses form for Mike Rowe to sign. I couldn't get away for ages as she wanted to talk to me about what she calls my "Love Life". "Hello dear" she said, "Did you have a nice Easter break?" I replied that it had been a nice break away from teaching and meetings and that I had caught up a bit on my research.
"You really need to get out more, dear, and have some fun." said Molly. I protested that I had spent a very nice evening last week with Jack and his wife Fiona, and that I had also met up with Jack, Richard and Sian in the pub a couple of times. And I do get out quite often going to the cinema and football with Jack, Petros and Dimitris. "They are all happily married" she replied. You need a girlfriend" "What about Sian? She is a lovely girl. Why don't you ask her out somewhere?"
I said that I like Sian very much; she is good company but I didn't think we were suited in a more serious way. "Well are there any other potential girlfriends we can find for you I wonder?" said Molly. I said that I did used to have a girlfriend back in Greece, Maria. "And when did you last see her?" asked Molly. I said that it was probably in 2011 when I was last in Greece. Molly said I must be kidding myself if I thought she would still be interested in me. Had she been in touch by email or phone? Not even Facebook. Forget her!
Then she laughed. "You know there was a rumour going round that you were having an affair with your cleaner!" she said. "What! Kylie! Why would anyone think that?" I exploded. "Well you do get in to work very early and have been seen spending a lot of time talking to her" said Molly. "That is ridiculous" I responded. "I bet it was Colin the caretaker who started that rumour just for a laugh."
"Well there are some affairs going on in this building" said Molly. "I could tell you about one of the Professors in another department who is having a fling with his secretary. They go out together for very long lunch breaks. And there was that couple in Marketing. They got married eventually but were seeing each other for a long time before that." "But they were both already divorced" I pointed out. "There was nothing sordid about it. "
"And what about Gus Johns?" said Molly. "You can often see him in the cafeteria chatting up that girl in Computer Science". "Don't be silly Molly" I said. "Gus has been happily married to Heather for years. And anyway the Computer Science girl is gay. She and Gus just have a mutual interest in the use of social media in education." And at that point I decided I had had enough of this conversation so I left.
Sitting here now though I am thinking that maybe I should make more of an effort to find a girlfriend. And then I remembered that there was going to be another Pub Quiz Social Evening soon. And last time I had really enjoyed the company of Jenny from the Library. I wonder if she will be there again this time?