Sitting on a Bench in the Park

A observation and dialogue exercise for my travel writing course.

“How was your croissant today?” asked Edith.

“It’s just the same as the one from yesterday and the day before that,” sighed Paul.

Leaning in to hear the conversation, Anne’s voice shakes as she shouts, “What?”

“I said that it taste the same as the last 5,000 croissants I’ve eaten!” Paul shouts back.

For the last 50 years Anne, Edith, and Paul have been coming to the same park at the same time and sit on the same bench to watch the ducks. The three siblings promised to never lose touch with each other, even when life got in the way.
Frustrated with Paul, Anne rolls her eyes, leans back on the bench, and stares out at the pond. It’s a beautiful day today but Paul has to ruin it.

“What’s your problem?” asked Edith.

“I’m sorry, it’s just that I got a bad haircut this morning,” he answered.

Anne jumped from her slump and exclaimed, “So did I!”

Edith looked at Anne. Then, she looked at Paul. Both had short, white hair with a prominent bald spot in the middle. Looking at the lively group from the back and behind the bench, they had identical haircuts.

“Where did you two go?” asked Edith.

In unison, Anne and Paul said, “Charley’s Salon.”

Horrified, Anne checks out Paul’s hair and then touches her hair. Edith bursts into a fit of laughter. When you spend that much time with someone, you start to look and think alike.

One thought on “Sitting on a Bench in the Park

  1. Very interesting story – and you won’t know just how true to life it is until you are 76 with an 83-old partner!

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