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(For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a man and a woman sitting next to each other at a counter inside a coffee shop. He’s engrossed with something on his smartphone and she is working on her Apple laptop computer.)
I was having dinner with a few of my closest friends when I suddenly realized that I had asked my colleague, Jane to meet me at the café for a work meeting. How embarrassing for me not to show up after asking to meet her to discuss a few problems we were facing in the office.
Hastily, I told my friends that I had to go and left to join Jane in the café. Luckily it was nearby and she didn’t had to wait long for me. The work meeting went well as we sorted out the issues at the office. But I sensed a coldness in her demeanor. She was distant and wouldn’t even make eye contact with me.
Hesitantly, I asked if anything was amiss. She looked at me and said that she was made to wait half an hour before I showed up and she thought it was very discourteous of me. I explained that it was my fault because I had forgotten that I had arranged to meet her and was having dinner with friends.
“I’m glad we talked this out”, she said as she smiled at me. “ Very often misunderstandings can ruin work relationships and I want a pleasant work-environment at the office”
We agreed on this point and had a coffee to celebrate the amicable resolution of the situation.
For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a man, his back to the camera, holding a small bouquet of flowers behind his back. He’s standing a few feet in front of a young woman who is looking back at him and smiling.
I have picked flowers for you Wild flowers, simple and fragrant A gift of love that I hope you’ll like But the fear of rejection holds me back What if you didn’t want them? Me?
(For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a smiling woman who seems to be lying on a bed with a TV remote control in her hand and a bowl of popcorn beside her. She’s munching on the popcorn and a handful of popped kernels are scattered on her body).
I would have happily married Darlene if it weren’t for her sloppy habit of eating in bed, letting the food get on her clothes and on the bedding. Her tendency to overeat was also making her gain weight.
I’m a fastidious person, and it’s important to me that things are done properly, everything should be neat and tidy, and that people should eat at mealtimes while sitting at the dining table.
I was still reconsidering my decision when another of her habits kept on jarring my nerves. She would never share what she was enjoying with me, especially the sweet and salty popcorn that I loved too.
So reluctantly, I broke off with her. Now I can eat all the popcorn, by myself without sharing.
When they wanted to change their old car for a newer model, they very wisely opted for an electric car. It was more expensive but they would recover the extra cost quickly with low running cost of the car.
Next came the decision to buy bikes for keeping themselves fit in their old age. Regular cycles were all good but perhaps they would do better buying electric bikes as they required less effort to paddle, specially uphill.
Today they paddled up this park which was a steep climb. After parking their bikes the husband and wife sat on the park bench with a scenic view and relaxed.
“I think you have to admit that I have become very wise in my old age”, said Fandango to Mrs. Fandango. Mrs Fandango smiled and agreed with her husband!
(For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of an older couple sitting on a park bench on the top of hill overlooking a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. Next to them on their left are two electric bicycles)
She dreams Day dreams Of times to come Of goals to achieve She dreams Day dreams Of journeys to be taken Of mountains to be climbed She will attain her dreams, she is resolute Her will is strong, she has the determination Her dreams are a roadmap to her future
(For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a woman with a pensive expression on her face as she sits upon a large, mossy rock deep inside a forest)
She used to go to the old, abandoned church seeking peace and quiet. The atmosphere there was soothing for her nerves. There was never anyone else there and she appreciated the silence.
Her visits were mostly at the end of the day when the setting sun’s slanting rays hit the stained glass windows creating wonderful patterns on the faded, damaged walls. She would create stories in her mind when she looked at those figures in the glass.
One day she started writing down these stories and very soon she had a collection of them. As her job was in a publishing house, she convinced an editor to look at them. It was a pleasant surprise for her when the editor offered to get her book published. She call it “ The windows of the past”
For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of an old, abandoned church. The plaster is peeling from the walls and the ceiling and there is debris on the floor, but the five beautiful, arched stained glass window are intact.
For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a man sitting at a table looking at the screen of his laptop with a shocked expression on his face
Mathew logged in to check his account balance after his wife informed him that she had been shopping.
What he saw was unbelievable!
He couldn’t believe his eyes.
The account balance was slightly more than what was before the shopping trip. It was something that had never happened before. The statement showed a return of $100 from a clothing store. He may have to apologize to his wife for not believing her when she said that she had just returned a dress she had got online and hadn’t liked any other instead.
As he was preparing to eat the humble pie and apologize to her, a notification email from the bank arrived. His card had been changed $1500 for an online order!