“The craziest thing happened to me today,” exclaimed Ben. He waved his fork like a conductor as he spoke.
“What happened?” asked Amanda.
“I was at University Hospital for a meeting and some guy in scrubs walked up to me. He said, ‘How’s it going professor?’”
“What? Why? You’re in finance.”
“He asks me, ‘Make any scientific discoveries today?’ I said no, not yet.”
“Did he mistake you for someone else?” asked Amanda.
“I don’t know. What he said next was really weird. He said, ‘Good, ‘cause I wanna be there when you win the Nobel Prize.’ I was like, okay,” concluded Ben.
Amanda leaned back in her seat and cast a critical eye at Ben. “I guess you could be mistaken for a professor.”
“No way,” scoffed Ben. “I’m not old enough…”
At that moment, Ben caught a reflection of a man with greying temples, deep creases under his eyes and sagging cheeks.
“Oh,” he muttered.
Amanda smiled. “Don’t feel too bad. Time sneaks up on all of us.”