Did you ever wonder what attracts people to one another?  What makes them stay together?  See the old couple sitting in Dunkin’ Donuts, not really speaking to one another, sipping on coffee and eating donuts? How did they look when they were young? Was he tall, dark and handsome? Was she blond and pretty?  Now he’s stooped and gray, wearing a tattered flannel shirt, and she’s bent over – osteoporosis? – and her face is wrinkled and fragile looking. She looks tiny and frail.

Were they ever young? Were they ever excited about the future? Did she giggle when he tried to kiss her, or was she as eager as he?  Did they dance, and later make love, to the music of Frank Sinatra or Benny Goodman?  Or were they rebels who hitchhiked across the country, begging food along the way? 

Did they profess undying love?  Do they still, but more quietly, feel that passion?

Did she have dimples that enchanted him when she smiled?  Was his voice deep and resonant, or gravelly and soft?

When their coffee was finished, he stood up haltingly, and he took her arm to help her from the chair. They walked slowly out the door, which he held for her.  As they headed toward their car, he took her hand.  She looked up at him and smiled. 

Yep. She has dimples.


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9 Responses to “Attraction”

  1. Tonia Says:

    Lovely. And I also smiled.

  2. Deb Says:

    Wonderful piece. You have put into words what I have wondered and felt so many times watching.

  3. jojovtx1800 Says:

    Oh, they loved and lived all right, with a passion as bright as the sun, probably through times that all they had to their names were each other.

    I want to be them when I get old and grey.

  4. nanis Says:

    Yes! Me, too.

  5. jonjonjon Says:

    I love the way you write Mom!! What a great gift you have with words, inspiring actually!! The next couple you see, the older gentlemen with his bride, you should ask them what their secret is. Their answer might breath a secret to your heart. I went to a wedding this weekend. One of my good friends stood at the alter, just he and his women in white. When his time came to share his vows he was silenced. He tried a number of times to speak the words he’d been practicing relentlessly for weeks, but no sound echoed from his throat. He was so overcome that when he tried, and he did try, he couldn’t force the words over his lips. He had to pause for what felt like ten minutes and finally he said his “I do’s”. What makes someone so over come by feeling they lose the ability to speak, barely able to stand? I think it’s the same thing that whispers in the ear of the 80 year old man who has held thousands of doors for his forever young and beautiful wife of 57 years.

  6. pandemonic Says:

    Love this!

  7. Corina Says:

    One excellent exercise is to go to a place like a coffee shop or a cafe and just watch people as you have done. Then take your observations and create characters and story around them.

    Great questions you asked yourself. We should all be so observant!

  8. Shawn W Says:

    You’ve always had a gift for asking the good questions. Your son’s right, next time ask them. I bet they’d be delighted to share.

  9. John Says:

    I ❤ your blog!

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