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The Art of Living
They meet nearly every morning, in the dark, while strolling
with their dogs. He actually is the 'stroller', while she has
a determined walk. She is usually in a rush, hurrying to get
back home, so she can head off to work a couple hours before
the sun rises.
They've been meeting like this since last summer, and now here
it is, nearly the end of October. Funny, how they come
together. It's never planned; they don't even know each
other's name. He knows where she lives, and she thinks she
knows where he lives.
The times they meet are always different. That's what makes
this so peculiar. Sometimes it's as much as a 30-minute
difference, and yet there they are, there they stand. He
looking at her. She only aware of his presence, but not
looking at him.
One time in the summer, around 5:30 a.m., she was locking up
the house, then walked toward the sidewalk, and was startled
by him. She wasn't expecting anyone to be out at this hour.
"I'm sorry." The first words he said.
Then, after months of these oddly silent encounters (I mean
who feels like talking at 5:30 a.m.?), he says, "good
morning." It seemed like the grown-up and polite thing to do.
She says "helllooo," but continues walking without missing a
What is her deal? Typically, she is a cheerful and talkative
social butterfly, greeting people with a sincere and warm
smile. But not with him. She doesn't know him at all, so how
could she dislike him? Fear? Is she afraid of him? Maybe she
is a complete introvert at 5:30 in the morning, in the dark,
in the city with dimly lit walkways? That could be it. Maybe,
just maybe, her puppy black lab is too difficult to manage
when another dog is in-sight, so she keeps her focus on moving
and not giving attention to the handsome, tall, slender, salt
& pepper-haired man. No, she never noticed him at all.
A day passes, and yet another chance encounter for the two
silent dog-walkers. He greets her, "good morning." This time,
she stops and says a friendly "hi." She even smiled, a little.
The Art of Living is ...
Inspiration from nature's beauty, simple living, love, and peace.