Banana – 20 May 2014

Posted: May 20, 2014 in Dialog, Prose
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20 May 2014

The weather was perfect. As I crossed the street I could see Joy rocking back and forth. “Hi Sweetie, you’re late.”

“Yeah,” I said “I’m running behind. I just ran into Karen, the mother of Chuck’s granddaughter. I’m not sure which of his three sons she was married to. Do you know her?”

“No, but Chuck Junior has a daughter he isn’t allowed to see. Perhaps that’s the girl they were referring to.”

“So, how was your weekend?”

“Quiet and boring. Jake came over. He went to the Sally for bed check in then came back to my place then left at about two.  I was pissed off, he came over really early on Saturday.  I said, to him “Dude, I’m going out, so you better get your ass out of here.” I’m getting tired of having him around. I just want some quiet time to myself. I wish I could get away and be alone for a while.”

I asked, “Are you going to the park at noon?”

“It depends, if nobody is around I’m not going to hang around. Jake said he might come down, but I don’t know what that means. I hardly see any of my friends anymore. Chester hasn’t been coming around for his butt runs. I haven’t seen Jacques, or Hippo.”

I said, “I’ll be there, maybe I’ll see you.”

“Do you have a few minutes? I thought I could hold it, but I really have to pee. Would you mind waiting here with my stuff.”

When she came back Joy said, “I felt like a moron in there. I couldn’t pull up my zipper and I knew you were waiting to go to work. People were looking at me strange, although I’m used to that.

“Would you like a banana? I can’t eat them.”


I got up to leave, “I’ll just stop by to say hello to Chuck, or he’ll think I’m avoiding him. Take care.”


  1. sfhopkins says:

    Joy was rocking back and forth on her box? You wouldn’t like to rephrase that, Dennis?


    • Hi SF, thanks for pointing that out to me. Joy would laugh her head off if she read that, but it does distract from what I was trying to say. I just bought your book, ‘The Binding’ and can’t wait to start reading. ~ Dennis


  2. B Harmony says:

    I am enjoying my daily visits with you on your walk. Sometimes it just squeezes my heart so hard, other times I’m inspired. Human resiliency.


    • Yes, it ties my emotions in knots as well. The things that working people take for granted, like having enough food, or reliable shelter are foreign to these friends. I wish I could do more, and with sales of my book, I’ll be able to do just that. ~ Dennis


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