Tales from the Cutting Counter: An older woman comes up to the cutting counter with a bolt of St. Patrick's Day fabric. She looks a little fish-out-of-water-ish.
"How much of this will I need to make a tablecloth?" she asks.
"Well, that depends on the size of your table," I reply.
She hesitates for a moment, thinking hard. "Hmmmm. It's just...just a regular table." She looks me in the eye, with a eureka! expression on her face. "How big is a standard tablecloth?" she asks.
"There are at least 6 standard sizes for tablecloths," I say, trying to sound sympathetic. I have ways of figuring things like this out for customers. "How many people does your table seat?" I ask.
The woman laughs. "Our kids are long gone," she explains to me. "It's just me and my husband now."
Perhaps she should consider placemats.