I can rememebr MANY such silences growing up in the wt. One that comes to mind was back in the mid 80's. I was a young twenty something fellow and had gone to the dc in Fresno, CA with my parents and my brother. We stayed at one hotel and were invited to another hotel for an after session get together with some of the others from our congregation. I showed up with my brother and there sitting in the hotel lobby like bumps on logs were several of the twenty somethings we went to the hall with.
We said hi to everyone and sat down. No one spoke so I asked how they liked the day's session and they all nodded and said that it was very nice. WOW, such enthusiasm I thought as I looked at their blank stares. I wish I could have perceived their response as I could now! LOL
So this one MARRIED sister came up to me and asked me if I wanted a drink from the bar and I declined. I had had a drinking problem in my teens and had sworn off the stuff but tried to keep THAT out of the conversation. She asked me a couple of times to join her and her husband for a drink at the bar and I declined again. Eventually I tired of saying no and I told her that I had a problem with alcohol, became very surly and combative and that it was BEST for me to NOT drink. She said that one little drink could not possibly be bad and her husband said for her to drop it. So they went to the bar. No one else went with them.
So there we sat, about 9 or 10 of us just looking at each other. My brother rest his soul saved the evening though! He said that we had to go and digest the wonderous meal Jehovah had provided through his Faithful Slave. Meditation and scripture to prepare us for Sunday's presentation was what he and I needed. We thanked them for their invitation and bid them all goodnight.
We drove back to our hotel and talked about what a bunch of fish they all are. When we got up to our room we turned on the tv and watched HOWARD THE DUCK! Ahh perfect meditation.....LOL Oh and he did read out of the bible about how bad associations spoil useful habits.
Anyone else ever experience those weird moments with other young people at gatherings???