It Doesn't Mean Much... If You Can't Afford A Calendar... ๐Ÿ•ฆ  

Paulxx001 64M  
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1/2/2020 12:08 pm

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It Doesn't Mean Much... If You Can't Afford A Calendar... ๐Ÿ•ฆ

She stood near the sidewalk and leaned against an old brick wall. A street lamp, flamed large, silver flakes of snow as they fell gently through the night sky, onto the ragged lapels of her scruffy coat. She pulled the scarf up to her ears and waited patiently, for anyone to walk by. Then... someone did.

The doors to the restaurant flung open pushing warm laughter and a well fed group of couples into the frosty air. As they spilled towards the street, she held out a trembling hand and raised her gray eyes to meet his. He reached into his pocket and fumbled with some change. As he gave her his coins, their eyes met and he realized... he'd known her - many years ago. She quietly thanked him, then lowered her head into the icy wind as it blew her tousled brown hair, across her face. She leaned back against the wall and waited... for another person, to cross her path.

"I know her. We were seniors in university. We were in the same classes," he whispered to the woman draped tightly on his arm. He turned and looked back at the haggard shadow, huddled under the shimmering light. "I knew her. What happened?" he wondered.

They trudged through the snow and shortly... arrived at their destination. They could hear the music from the edge of the club doorway, as they piled into the cheerful mayhem of that bar. Coats were shed at the checkroom, yet as his turn came he paused. "You know guys... I'll be right back. I forgot something at the restaurant," he smiled as he kissed his lady and returned to the street.

He thrust his hands into his pockets and peered down the road. He hoped she'd still be there. He wasn't expecting an answer to any question. He'd dug up a twenty dollar bill from his wallet ; it seemed like something he should do.

When he'd reached, the wall where she'd stood... it was vacant. "How far could she have gone?" he thought, as he looked about. In a city of five million people - as far as the next crack might take her. Many of those cracks, were deep.

He raised the collar of his jacket and took a long breath. A white mist billowed, as he exhaled and looked at his watch. There was plenty of time to welcome the new year with his friends... and pray for old ones... he'd forgotten.

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... is there another way to look at it
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Paulxx001 64M  
22479 posts
1/2/2020 12:08 pm

Some people are less fortunate than others. In all the laughter and gaiety of the season... you notice the ones without a calendar... in this city.

... is there another way to look at it
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Paulxx001 64M  
22479 posts
1/2/2020 12:08 pm

Many of the old friends I had, have moved to other cities. I still have many friends who live here, I just don't see them as often as I used to. I should make a point...

... is there another way to look at it
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Tmptrzz 59F  
106317 posts
1/2/2020 12:21 pm

What a very heart felt story, we need more people like that in this world. Thanks for sharing this one I really did enjoy it..I hope the remainder of your day is a happy one..

Seduce the mind and see what a wonderful adventure the body will take you on..


Paulxx001 replies on 1/2/2020 6:18 pm:
Thanks for popping in.
There's a lot of reality going on out there. ๐Ÿ˜ถ

LadyLuck2 65F  
9084 posts
1/2/2020 1:31 pm

I see this vignette as the opening chapter to a novel. Well done!

Never ignore those who care for you
you will have lost diamonds
while you were collecting stones


Paulxx001 replies on 1/2/2020 6:23 pm:
That's a great idea. If I could make the time. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒน
I thought about it like that, when I scribbled it.
Cheers ๐Ÿฅ‚ and a Happy New Year.

superbjversion2 66F
24167 posts
1/2/2020 2:16 pm

I really do enjoy the way you tell a story.

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation bangs on the door forever!


Paulxx001 replies on 1/2/2020 6:30 pm:
It's all about the 'comma'...
And, that other guy..๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ
All the best. 2020 is hindsight... Go for it.

Paulxx001 replies on 1/31/2020 7:07 am:
Ya do?
Grab some popcorn. I have the wine. Take a seat and I'll tell ya another one. ๐ŸŒน

secret_lade 47F
9042 posts
1/2/2020 4:01 pm

Did he ever find her.... I wonder.


Paulxx001 replies on 1/2/2020 6:34 pm:
That's a great question...
... worthy of an answer... ๐ŸŒน

mc_justmc 61M  
6928 posts
1/2/2020 5:18 pm

There are a good amount of homeless in my area and I have seen a very attractive woman probably in her 40s that always looked "interesting", but, and it's a big butt, many of them around here have some sort of mental/personality issues that I don't need in my life, much less want that around my grand daughters. But the woman is quite attractive.

The "old friends" I haven't seen in years can take a flying leap. There's a reason I haven't seen them in years.


Paulxx001 replies on 1/2/2020 6:39 pm:
I used to work in an area of the city where I saw many of them. They certainly have their issues. I felt for their pain. It's a fine line, isn't it?
Take care and have a great 2020. ๐Ÿ‘

author51 59F  
129281 posts
1/2/2020 11:14 pm

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    Some people are less fortunate than others. In all the laughter and gaiety of the season... you notice the ones without a calendar... in this city.
What a great reminder to us all to always count our blessings and pray for those or try to help others who are not as fortunate..Well done my coffee mate....xx

You can never have enough JOY in your life.xoxo

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Paulxx001 replies on 1/3/2020 5:54 am:
Thanks for popping in. Hope you had a great Birthday. ๐ŸŽ‚

sexyldy1000 61F  
9576 posts
1/3/2020 12:11 pm

Often you never know what is really going on in someone's life or behind their closed doors. We get too busy and focused on our own and don't make the effort to ask the 'right' questions. Unfortunately, there are far too many who are on the streets that shouldn't be. Your words painted poignant pictures that made me feel like I was right there. Well done!


Paulxx001 replies on 1/3/2020 12:41 pm:
No... you don't know at ALL what's going on. Look...when you think about it ; do you really know anything about anyone?
You 'know' - what people let you see.

Your alliteration was great... I laughed out loud. ๐Ÿ˜…

Paulxx001 replies on 1/3/2020 2:14 pm:
Oh and by the way... I wasn't laughing at your thoughts, I was smiling at the way you put them together. Nicely done. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜Š

Paulxx001 replies on 1/3/2020 2:45 pm:
It was, a chilly night. Thank you.

scoupe42 58M  
13036 posts
1/8/2020 3:22 pm

A sad, but feel good story, people love these type of stories!


Paulxx001 replies on 1/8/2020 4:47 pm:
I see a fair amount of homeless people... and I always feel for them.

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