The Bench... ๐ŸŒน... ... โ—  

Paulxx001 64M  
9149 posts
3/12/2020 9:06 am

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The Bench... ๐ŸŒน... ... โ—

It's not at , what spring should have looked like. A blinding snow squall greeted him as he stepped off the city bus and onto the paved trail of that park. It was blustery and cold. He shielded his eyes, as he peered into the whiteness - seeking his bench.

Hordes of tiny ice crystals swirled and stung his face like crushed shards of glass. He drew his woollen tuque over tufts of gray hair and down over his ears. Hunkering his shoulders, he slowly trudged along that snowy path while quickly, filling his pockets with his freezing hands ; he'd forgotten his gloves on the kitchen table.

When he finally arrived, he was surprised to find someone - already sitting there - on HIS bench. It was a woman, perhaps his age ; she was bundled . He brushed away the snow, sat down and began blowing long... warm breaths into his cupped hands ; then, turned and nodded to her. She nodded back (acknowledging his plight) and gazed ahead. Neither of them spoke as they sat. Swirling snow, blew between and around them - to confirm their silence.

In the distance, they could hear the dull rumble of city traffic. An erie wail of police sirens echoed as wind whistled between leafless trees... and filled the chorus. They both watched, as a car sped it's way along that icy road in front of them. It passed a large, old maple tree then swerved its way around the bend and disappeared... down the hill.

Minutes passed. As if choreographed, they both stood up - at the same time. He turned towards her hesitantly, while stating the obvious ; "Miserable weather, isn't it?"

"It's our typical spring," she chimed, then pointed with a mitted hand ; "There's a cafรฉ down that road. Would you like to join me, for a coffee? I could use one. Looks like you sure could," she smiled.

He wasn't sure, if she was smiling under her scarf, but he took a chance, smiled back and agreed; "You're right about that. I'd love one."

One year later (to the day), he walked out of that bus once again. The weather hadn't changed much from the previous spring ; it was still cold and the wind was blowing. There was ONE difference this time. He waited, reached for her hand - as she stepped off the bus - and held it tightly in his grasp. Theyย both shuffled up that path together. Her hands were locked around his arm, as he held them there.

Before long, they'd foundย 'their' bench and sat down. She leaned her head against his shoulder as he pulled her close and shielded her from the blowing wind. Tears... had welled up in her eyes as she looked up into his. She exhaled - as if to clear her head - then sighed and choked back a sob. He tenderly kissed her lips as tears spilled down his cheeks.

One year ago, they'd accidentally met on that bench and fallen in love. Happiness, had been a rare companion in their lives, yet one year later - they'd managed to salvage a part of their broken hearts and sooth fissured dreams.

Fourteen years ago - on this day - she'd lost her young and he, his . They died on that road, right there ; just up by that large, old maple tree. Their cars... had collided.

Tears blinded them both, as they hugged each other. The wind had stopped. Only the sound of snowflakes, gently falling, filled the air around that park bench. They held each other as tightly as they could - afraid to let go.

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Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 9:07 am

I imagine... every park bench, has a tale to share. ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜ถ


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 9:07 am

This story was born out of the weather, we're having at this time of year. You know ; one minute bright and sunny and warm and the next, cold and wintery and desolate. It fits my mood - perfectly.


Tmptrzz 59F  
106151 posts
3/12/2020 9:28 am

What a beautiful story, it brought tears to my eyes. So wonderful that they found each other and they fell in love. Yet so sad they lost their children on that road. Thank you for this heartfelt story this morning, I hope you enjoy the rest of your day..

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


lv2play2469 65M
34 posts
3/12/2020 9:34 am

Very intriguing story...


author51 59F  
128960 posts
3/12/2020 9:38 am

You always touch me in one way or another with your posts my coffee mate..This one cut me quick..xx

You can never have enough JOY in your life..xoxo

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thikhead 64M
3345 posts
3/12/2020 10:27 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    I imagine... every park bench, has a tale to share. ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜ถ
that must be so true.

so many stories indeed . . .

"well only get through this if we work together. if we dont, none of us will"


ltrskr 73M  
5133 posts
3/12/2020 10:48 am

Great post, made my eyes a little moist.......
Thanks!


SactoNative 56F
394 posts
3/12/2020 10:51 am

Thank you for sharing; it is a good read.


lust4life59 63F
2504 posts
3/12/2020 11:24 am

Damn if the weather in March doesn't mirror our lives, cold and dreary and unforgiving one day, and clear and sunny with the promises of good things to come the next.


smartasswoman 64F  
35735 posts
3/12/2020 11:31 am

Good writing, Paul! Bear with that wintry weather, spring is coming...


Paulxx001 replies on 3/12/2020 9:43 pm:
Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜Š

superbjversion2 66F
24131 posts
3/12/2020 12:01 pm

Poignant.

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


sexyldy1000 61F  
9559 posts
3/12/2020 1:07 pm

There are so many types of losses. But there's nothing as deep and painful as the loss of a family member, especially a child.

As we age, we start to experience more and more losses. It never gets easier but somehow we find a way to 'get through it'. And if we are lucky, there is someone who can help ease our pain. Or perhaps, someone new may enter our lives, but it will never happen if we aren't open to it.

Thank you for sharing this beautifully written story. It restores the faith.


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 2:05 pm

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    What a beautiful story, it brought tears to my eyes. So wonderful that they found each other and they fell in love. Yet so sad they lost their children on that road. Thank you for this heartfelt story this morning, I hope you enjoy the rest of your day..
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Life is funny, isn't it? ๐Ÿค” ๐ŸŒน


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 2:05 pm

Thanks for popping in, to read it. ๐Ÿ‘


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 2:07 pm

    Quoting author51:
    You always touch me in one way or another with your posts my coffee mate..This one cut me quick..xx
I'll be funnier next time! ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒน


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 2:08 pm

    Quoting thikhead:
    that must be so true.

    so many stories indeed . . .
Thanks for popping in. Drop by any time. ๐Ÿ‘


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 2:09 pm

    Quoting ltrskr:
    Great post, made my eyes a little moist.......
    Thanks!
Thanks for stopping by. I'll be funnier, next time. ๐Ÿ‘
Pop in any time.


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 2:10 pm

    Quoting SactoNative:
    Thank you for sharing; it is a good read.
Thanks for stopping by to read it. Drop by any time. ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒน


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 2:12 pm

    Quoting lust4life59:
    Damn if the weather in March doesn't mirror our lives, cold and dreary and unforgiving one day, and clear and sunny with the promises of good things to come the next.
It's true. Beautiful weather all day and they just announced a freezing rain warning for the evening.
You're right! It IS like our lives . ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒน


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 2:15 pm

    Quoting smartasswoman:
    Good writing, Paul! Bear with that wintry weather, spring is coming...
Beautiful day today and they just announced a freezing rain warning. It's all good.... I actually enjoy the changes. One never gets bored. ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒน


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 2:16 pm

I like that word.
Actually... I like a lot of words. ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒนโ—


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 2:18 pm

    Quoting  :

Hey... ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒน๐Ÿท๐Ÿท
All's well? ๐Ÿค”


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/12/2020 2:20 pm

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    There are so many types of losses. But there's nothing as deep and painful as the loss of a family member, especially a child.

    As we age, we start to experience more and more losses. It never gets easier but somehow we find a way to 'get through it'. And if we are lucky, there is someone who can help ease our pain. Or perhaps, someone new may enter our lives, but it will never happen if we aren't open to it.

    Thank you for sharing this beautifully written story. It restores the faith.
True... on all your points.
It's always more fun to walk a path, when you're holding someone's hand, isn't it? ๐Ÿค” ๐ŸŒนโ—๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜Ž


LadyLuck2 65F  
9084 posts
3/12/2020 2:25 pm

I loved it. This one could also become a novel with the reveal coming much later.

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


Paulxx001 replies on 3/12/2020 4:02 pm:
Are you in the industry? Shall I send you my portfolio? ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿท๐Ÿทโ—

Soft5777 59F
67 posts
3/12/2020 6:20 pm

Very well written....tugs at that good place in us that is hard to find some days....makes one appreciate each day as a gift to relish and indulge in since it may be our last.....and oozes renewal in an unexpected unrealistic way but ties together the depth and awakening of new beginnings with spring emerging and winter fading.


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/13/2020 10:35 am

    Quoting LadyLuck2:
    I loved it. This one could also become a novel with the reveal coming much later.
True, about the reveal. I had their mutual (and our) surprise placed much further along. But alas... only 600 words here.
Thanks for popping in. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿท๐Ÿท


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/13/2020 10:41 am

    Quoting  :

Thanks for popping in... ๐Ÿ˜Š
I should lighten up a bit. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿท ๐Ÿท ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒน


BeccaLuvs 59F
20746 posts
3/14/2020 1:50 pm

I happen to agree Paul - you should be a published writer! Excellent, and true, cos life is not all happiness, yet it can be wonderful! Plus, the way you describe your winter, the cold - Brr ...... hope your "cold spring" won't last too long?!

..... And always 'hold onto all those sexy thoughts'!
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Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/14/2020 3:36 pm

    Quoting BeccaLuvs:
    I happen to agree Paul - you should be a published writer! Excellent, and true, cos life is not all happiness, yet it can be wonderful! Plus, the way you describe your winter, the cold - Brr ...... hope your "cold spring" won't last too long?!
Thank you. ๐ŸŒน
You're such a cute, 'southern hemisphere baby' ... lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ When you're dressed up here, at this time of year - the sun can shine on your face (at + 20ยฐC) and the wind can blow at your covered back. And you won't feel it.
Imagine you're totally warm - except for the very tip of your nose. I could warm THAT! lol ๐Ÿ˜‚... ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž


secret_lade 47F
9004 posts
3/14/2020 6:14 pm

You captured my emotions, I teared up when I read they had lost their children. I could immediately feel how sad they were as I could only imagine how I would feel if I'd lost one of my own children. Thank you!


sexyldy1000 61F  
9559 posts
3/14/2020 7:38 pm

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    True... on all your points.
    It's always more fun to walk a path, when you're holding someone's hand, isn't it? ๐Ÿค” ๐ŸŒนโ—๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜Ž
Absolutely. It's possible to find that 'someone' if you are open to the possibility. Often, people look to hard for it and miss what's right in front of them.


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/14/2020 10:00 pm

    Quoting secret_lade:
    You captured my emotions, I teared up when I read they had lost their children. I could immediately feel how sad they were as I could only imagine how I would feel if I'd lost one of my own children. Thank you!
That's how I felt as well. Life's simplicity is sometimes easy to paint.
I'll be less intense, next time. ๐ŸŒน


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/14/2020 10:56 pm

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    Absolutely. It's possible to find that 'someone' if you are open to the possibility. Often, people look to hard for it and miss what's right in front of them.
That is true... and deep. Where are you looking? ๐Ÿค”
Or are you...?


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/14/2020 11:57 pm

    Quoting  :

Hey Frankee... Thanks for popping in.
I'll make sure to keep it milder next time. ๐Ÿ‘


sexyldy1000 61F  
9559 posts
3/15/2020 2:30 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    That is true... and deep. Where are you looking? ๐Ÿค”
    Or are you...?
Not specifically looking but am keeping an open mind about the possibility. Often happens when least expected ๐Ÿ˜Š.


Paulxx001 replies on 3/15/2020 5:57 am:
Keep me posted. Best of luck. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ€ ๐Ÿท ๐Ÿท ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/15/2020 7:31 am

    Quoting Soft5777:
    Very well written....tugs at that good place in us that is hard to find some days....makes one appreciate each day as a gift to relish and indulge in since it may be our last.....and oozes renewal in an unexpected unrealistic way but ties together the depth and awakening of new beginnings with spring emerging and winter fading.
Hmmm... Well written review! ๐Ÿ‘
Although... 'unrealistic' is mostly about timing... isn't it?
And... it gives me hope that there ARE people here who appreciate a very short story.
Hope that spring brings renewal? ๐Ÿค”
True... it does. And today is a perfect example of it. Hope... your part of the world is filled with it! โ—
Thanks for popping in and sharing... ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐ŸŒนDrop by any time. ๐Ÿ‘


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/21/2020 6:30 am

Thanks for popping in. I'm glad I could share it with you. ๐ŸŒน


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/22/2020 1:08 pm

    Quoting  :

Your memory is spot on.... almost. I took what I had previously done and did a major overhaul. It was a challenge but a lot of fun. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Šโ—
Fun... is in short supply these days, isn't it?
I didn't think we went that far back. Do we? ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜Ž


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
3/23/2020 12:25 pm

    Quoting  :

That's a lot of posts... under the bridge we're standing on, isn't it?
i haven't seen FrankeeZee post anything yet. Who knows what's on HIS mind - ya know what I mean? ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐ŸŒน


MrMrsGB 45M/44F
1 post
4/1/2020 3:44 am

Fuck brandi Jessica and especially Dedtric I knew y'all were all some hoes I read all the shit for all these years fuck


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
4/1/2020 6:07 am

    Quoting  :

Hmmm... Conclusive evidence that he's become a LURKER or even worse - a TROLL? ๐Ÿค”
Hope this note ๐Ÿ—’ finds you in good health and safe. ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜Ž


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
4/3/2020 10:11 am

    Quoting MrMrsGB:
    Fuck brandi Jessica and especially Dedtric I knew y'all were all some hoes I read all the shit for all these years fuck
I'm sure you had a point.
I guess, I just don't get it? ๐Ÿค”


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
4/8/2020 1:45 pm

I just posted a new blog... if you're interested.
You Never Know Who You Will Meet Or Where


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
5/10/2020 7:34 am

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting and sharing your POV. Drop by any time.


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