People watching – a short story
A vignette or two
Sitting in the gazebo.
Quietly sipping tea.
Watching people and being watched in return.
Who are these people and what’s their story?
Take that guy over there. The thickset swarthy looking one.
He looks kind of familiar.
Smiling, engaging, confident – he seems very comfortable in his surroundings, like he’s some big shot TV presenter visiting this one horse town and hasn’t been recognised by anyone yet.
Unlike the couple over there who are trying to hold it together as their baby screams blue murder. Little do we know they’ve just received bad news.
The large group of cyclists in the other gazebo are discussing the problems of the world. They look like they are locals who do this regularly. They meet every Saturday after going for a ride around town first.
The young mothers who meet up for a coffee and a chat seem to love the easy atmosphere and the welcome they receive from the understanding owner, Laura, who seems to be in a similar situation as them with young children of her own.
The young family out for breakfast are having a great time, the two little girls are dressed up as princesses and are thrilled to be having milkshakes and yummy pancakes, in such a grown up environment. The little baby boy just wants his mother to breastfeed him!
This little cafe is a hub of such goings on every day, it’s an oasis of calm and a perfect example of country style done just right. Gifts, books, coffee, food, movies, music….it all happens here!
People Watching or StickyBeaking?
People watching is a fun activity and I love making up stories about the various people I see. Do you do that too?
Are you a Flaneur?
Flâneur means “stroller”, “lounger”, “saunterer”, or “loafer”. Flânerie is the act of strolling, with all of its accompanying associations. The flâneur was a literary type from 19th-century France, essential to any picture of the streets of Paris. The word carried a set of rich associations: the man of leisure, the idler, the urban explorer, the connoisseur of the street. The flâneur has become an important symbol for scholars, artists and writers. Source.
This week is #4 and in Lorna’s words: Write about someone you see while people-watching. You could make it up, but it might be more fun if you didn’t.
The prompt for week #3 resulted in one of my all time favourite posts – Far away from home as she knew it
Week #1 was the first writing and photo challenge, A sepia toned fall memory and I wrote a short creative piece – A New World Order as Autumn takes over
Please let me know what you think of my response to this prompt. I always enjoy hearing from you and appreciate you joining the conversation.
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