This is something that cuts to my very quick, and makes me feel shame.
Today, I was sitting in my car with the windows down, waiting for my wife to get off work. I was distracted from my phone by some loud and raucous noises. My first thought was that it was a bunch of young ruffians fooling around, perhaps calling each other names and shoving about.
I looked around, and saw that it was an older woman, in her 60s or 70s, being led across the parking lot by a young woman. The older lady was shouting loud expletives, making animal noises, crying in a singsong manner (as sometimes children do), and attempting to pull away from her chaperone.
I was in awe of the young woman’s manner, which was kind and patient.
A few of the people in the vicinity stopped what they were doing and stared, some making remarks behind upraised hands.
I think that my greatest fear in life has been to lose my faculties. I do not know why this is. Maybe because I have seen it in others, some close to me, and reacted poorly.
I only hope that, if this is in the cards for me, that I have an angel like the one I saw today to show me kindness and understanding.
Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s Arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com, The Dark Poets Club, Journal of Undiscovered Poets, Crepe & Penn Literary magazine, and the Shelburne Free Press.