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Romantic Encounter
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New-Gen    Posted 10-20-2004 at 15:20:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
It was just a little cafe in a small midwest town. The kind of Mom and Pop place you find in small towns all over this great country. The midwest doesn't have the monopoly on little cafe's, they're in every region. You might have to look a little harder in some areas than others, but they're out there.
The patrons in places like that are usually an interesting cross section of Americana. You can find farmers, bankers, business men/women, factory workers,retirees, you name it. People of all ages, shapes, sizes and walks of life. Sometimes there are people passing through. Vacationers, business travellers, truck drivers, what have you. Even the employees are a part of the cast of charactars. All rubbing shoulders with a fellowship that can only be found in a free country.
I like to go to those places to indulge in one of my favorite pasttimes: People watching.One day a while back I was a little bored, not to mention hungry, so I decided to stop in at the diner out on the highway.
The usual group of afore mentioned people was there, but uncharacteristically quiet. Their attention was focused upon a couple seated at the far corner table.
They appeared to be in their late fifties/early sixties, give or take. They were obviously very much in love. Nobody knew who they were or where they came from. The waitress said they had been in there for a couple of hours playing songs on the jukebox and singing along softly as they gazed lovingly in each others eyes. You could tell it was something they did a lot, for they were good at it. They each had certain lines they would sing, and when they played the duets by male and female artists they really shined.
They weren't doing it to be making a scene, or to attract attention to themselves, they were just enjoying each others company. All the while they were doing this they were leisurly eating a meal. They had ordered different items from the menu and were sharing from each others plates. I've never considered myself "sappy", but I was quite touched by the entire scene.
When they had finally finished eating and the last song from the jukebox faded away, they held hands across the table, still gazing into each others eyes, and he bent over and gave her a peck on the cheek. She resopnded with a return peck on his cheek, then a light kiss on the lips.
Then they gazed some more.
It was the lady who broke the silence.
She said, in an unexpectedly matter of fact voice:
"If you don't want the rest of your coleslaw I'll finish it!"
A Hallmark moment if ever there was one!

Patria    Posted 10-20-2004 at 20:38:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
They were either dating...or cheating on their spouses.

Nice story N-G, keep'em coming!

deadcarp    Posted 10-20-2004 at 19:02:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
for many years we traveled alot, and always tried to find the local eatery - usually the busiest place on main street. a few were outstanding by themselves - one in livermore ca had a rifle collection hanging on all the walls - tucson had a supper club with cut off neckties hanging on the beams (they'd cut yours off too if you wore one) - one in mule creek junction wy had hand-painted jugs - one in missouri bragged about their city water. like my mom used to say - every town has its ball of string.

Steve from TN    Posted 10-20-2004 at 16:00:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ahhhh, yes.

George in TX    Posted 10-20-2004 at 15:59:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
A Hallmark moment to be sure. I hope my lovely bride and I can share our twilight years doing just that.

Thanks for the lovely story.

Clod    Posted 10-20-2004 at 18:35:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do agree with you NG..Cafes are great places for the working folks to come for coffee and talk. But they are getting fewer ,Atleast in this area.The fast food places are replacing them.When I was young we would get a coffee break at the cafe from the garage I worked in.5 cent coffee,5 cent doughnuts ,25 cent hamburgers which were made of the real thing. Then you could play the jukebox at the counter for 5 cents.The rich and poor and in between all showed up there and were all friendly.The owner spoke english ,all the time.

Ret    Posted 10-20-2004 at 20:15:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
sure is a sad sign of the times that these places will just be a memory in a few years. Guess I hate the sterile environment we are all exposed to now. We took some items to my daughters church today for a sale they will be having, saw a beautiful IBM elec typewriter setting there. I bet they don't get over $5. for it. Kind of a shame REt

Clod    Posted 10-20-2004 at 20:42:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember a politicin got elected some years back.He stood up there in front of the cameras and said the people want change! Well.. I like change too. If it is an improvement over something but not if it is more defective than what was there I would keep the old things.

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