27 Jun

Today I took a walk up town in the hazy lazy day of summer. I wandered over the bridge, and ambled along the grassy knoll that skirts the river.  On the way, I passed several others who all nodded and commented to me on this or that. One woman, walking toward me from the opposite direction, wearing a halter-top that displayed her midriff’s rolls of jiggling white skin, was totally oblivious to her own appearanceAs she neared me, she smiled large, and whilst we kept walking she said, “You look good today!” as if she had known me all her life, Just like that. “Thank you”, I said. “I feel good today!” I’d almost forgotten until she reminded me, and all of a sudden she was beautiful.

I sat on the grass on the side of the hill, and waved down to the two anglers on a boat in the river. One of them held high his catch, his face gleaming with pride; I stooped down to talk to a dog tethered to a pole. A man in the 7/11 – the dog’s owner? – was scowling as he kept a close eye on the situation, but when I picked up the dog’s front leg, and waved it at the man, he laughed and waved back.


 There was a time when I shunned these kinds of people, certain that there just had to be something not quite right about those who talked to themselves or talked to strangers like they were old friends. Now it seems, we gravitate toward one another, and I have become one of them. Happiness has taken on a whole new meaning, and life – a whole lot easier.


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