Family connections

I was making a purchase the other day and, upon seeing the name on my card, the cashier asked if I was related to Julie Crookston. I told her that we're all related, but I don't really know any of them. I expected the conversation to end there, but she continued to tell me where Julie worked on campus.

I wasn't really sure how to respond to that. Is this information meant to help me remember our relation? Should I look like I'm pondering it for a second and then restate my comment about not knowing her? Should I smile and nod? Probably. That is always a good option. But instead I decided to say something borderline clever and completely cliche, like, "with a last name like Crookston she much be pretty great!" But no. It turns out I have an inability to say normal things under pressure and the words that came out of my mouth were "well, I hope she's a good person."

... What? like I'm concerned for the welfare of her soul or something. By the time I was finishing the sentence the meaning was clicking, and I decided there was nothing to do but try to mumble the last syllables, my head down, and walk away before she could put a face to my name.

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