(USA) – Usually I eat lunch at my desk or run errands. Then one day, I started having an ant problem. I tried to be extra careful and not get any food on the floor, but still they kept coming.
So, I decided to start eating in the office kitchen. I usually didn’t do that because I felt kid of silly eating there alone. I only work in the office 2 days a week, so I don’t have much opportunity to talk with my coworkers and my lunch hour varies, so I don’t make plans with other people.
The first day I sat there, three people stopped to talk to me! The next week, the same thing – people would come to wash their dishes or get their lunch and we had a chance to talk. After awhile I realized that even if I did feel silly this was a chance to build relationships with my coworkers. Now I know a little bit more about their lives and when we do see each other it is easier to talk.