Outside Looking In

Six men around a table,
Appearing to be in their 60’s
Appearing content and even jovial
One with his mouth opened wide, still smiling, eyes squinted, cherub cheeks, in the middle of a bellyful laugh
Appearing to be old friends
Appearing comfortable and enjoying one another’s company
I smile because they are smiling and I am happy for them.
Strangers that I know nothing about, but from whom I infer a lot.


18 thoughts on “Outside Looking In

  1. Diane Sweeney says:

    You use such beautifully spare language that conveys so much. Love it that you are inferring about strangers which made me do the same.

  2. Ooooh I love that last line. I love making up people’s stories when I sit and watch them. You never know about anyone really. I hope I’m them when I’m their age. Great Sunday morning slice! I only have time for a couple this morning. Glad yours was the first!

  3. People watching is one of my favorite things to do. Have you ever wondered what others think when the tables are reversed…when someone might be looking in your direction when you’re out with family or friends? And then I think about the person sitting alone out for dinner or Sunday brunch. My heart goes out to them and wonder if maybe they were part of a group like you describe here, but time has changed everything for them.

    1. I always make up stories of others, especially those I am riding next to in the car. But…how one sided! I never really reflected on others looking at me. I guess I never feel that I am interesting enough, but you don’t have to be. We all have a story, regardless. Thanks for making me reflect!

  4. I love it! I do this all of the time– try to make some guesses about the conversation. I love how you chose to write it– like it was a scene playing out in front of you.

    1. It was actually my observation from outside Dunkin Donuts yesterday as I passed by the window to get to the door. It was such a fun scene…left hoping I am blessed with such as I age. 🙂

  5. We infer all the time, yet we don’t acknowledge that we are engaging in other’s lives as much as we are. I hope my friends and I will be sitting around, enjoying each other’s company forever!

  6. Observing others is the best thing! There is so much you can infer, and still have no idea what’s really happening. I feel like the people in this piece were happy. I enjoy watching people like in this.

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