Picnic Table

June 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Mental Health, Society, War and Conflict, Writing and Life | 2 Comments
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I thought it was a friendly chat at first – an elderly couple at a picnic table by the lake enjoying the winter sun and each other’s company.

Then their posture changed. He sat with his back against the table, she at the edge of the bench seat, facing away from him, elbows on knees, back and head bowed.

As I walked closer, I heard an angry voice – his. Gesturing hand, stiff posture. He sounded as though he was justifying himself. If she replied, I didn’t hear it. He raised a beer can to his lips. She held one between her drooping hands. I hadn’t noticed them before.

In no mood to listen to someone else’s anger and its futility, I turned and walked the other way.

When I glanced over again later, her posture was the same as it had been previously, but he had turned away from her completely, arms and legs crossed, body tense.

I wouldn’t like to have gone home with them when they left. I wonder what tie, what imagined bond, keeps them together.

Do you take note of other people’s attitudes, bearing, actions, etc when you are out? What great material for writing real people!

(c) Linda Visman
14.06.14

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  1. It’s funny Linda, my wife Jane and I were in a restaurant having dinner just the other day. I became aware of a couple who were sitting at a table opposite us. They arrived more or less at the same time as we did and also got their food with us. What for me was so strange was that they hardly uttered a word to each another in all the time they sat there. They were engulfed in silence and everything in their body language seemed to convey they didn’t want to be there with one another. Eventually they paid and left with the man walking about three paces in front of the woman. Now, who am I to judge, maybe they’re quite happy like that together, I don’t know, but still there was something sad about it all.

    So to answer your question; Yes I do take note of other people’s attitudes, bearing, actions, etc when I’m out are out? 🙂

    • That is awfully sad, Don. I have seen that sort of thing too, and it does make one wonder about the state of relationships!
      Glad to see you watching your fellow man – and woman. 🙂


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