I only ever knew one Iris
, and she made such an impression on me that I can't separate her image from the name. Iris
was a girl in a class I took in medical transcription maybe ten years ago. She actually went by the name Annie
, but Iris
was her real name.
She had red hair that might have been dyed, it was a bit too close to maroon to be natural. She was very tall and skinny, with a terrible overbite. She always dressed very nicely.
The one thing that stands out about her was that she scratched herself constantly. I don't know if she actually itched or if it was just a habit she'd gotten into, but she scratched. Obviously and indescreetly, including her private areas. The woman sitting next to her once got into a silent laughing fit at seeing Iris
picking her nose with one hand and scratching her crotch with the other hand. She (I think her name was Jamie
but I might not be right) just sat there, silently shaking with her head bent down over her papers, trying so hard to stop but unable to. I had the worst trouble not joining in because Jamie
looked so funny. It could probably have degenerated into a domino laughing fit.
I felt sorry for Iris
, who was oblivious to it all, but at the same time I wondered how she got to be the age of maybe 20 or 22 and still didn't know not to scratch or pick her nose in public.