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The Old Woman on the Bench - Scribbly response

I see her. The old woman. She is siting on a park bench. The same park bench everyday, surrounded by birds and squirrels. Each time I come to the park she is here.


The old woman is known to all who come to enjoy the park. Every day without fail. Sitting in heavy rains, falling snow, scorching heat and wild winds.


Why? What compels her to be here…every single day?!


If I were to hazard a guess…my guess would be…this is her place, her spot, her everything. Perhaps, she has no friends, no family…and these are her loved ones now. They have become her purpose, her passion, her life.


I have often asked myself, is she here by choice or as a consequence of life decisions? Either way, she looks calm, content, happy, and possibly even free.



The old woman has become entangled in my daily park routing. On the days I do not come to the park, I know that she is here feeding the birds, her birds, from what appears to be an ancient, wrinkled,

brown paper bag.


I have never spoken, nor, interrupted her. She looks approachable enough, yet something always stops me. I am an outsider. If I were to intrude into her circle, I fear I would scatter her flocked and furry friends. I refuse to cut in on the lively dance I see before me.


Some days I dread entering the park for fear of seeing an empty bench and the old woman no longer there.




But for today, she is, and my heart is happy.




*Photo credit/source: Rob Lang

Thank you Scribbly!

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