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30 March 2012

This morning the sun was shining and the wind was bitterly cold. Joy wasn’t at her usual spot, but Nick, in the next block, was sitting on the sidewalk in front of St. Paul’s. Within the church is a drop-in ministry under the name of ‘A Place to Go’ for all who find themselves in need of fellowship, a smile, and some good food. Joy has told me that the ladies who volunteer with this program are always fussing over Nick. They bring him big sandwiches, desserts, and mugs of coffee.

Nick is always neat in appearance, his white beard is trimmed and he has sparkling blue eyes. He is also the most un-talkative man I have ever met. I think of myself as a listener and an observer, but not a conversationalist. Today I was determined to have a conversation with him.

“Good morning, Nick.”

“Good morning, Dennis.”

“I guess Joy decided that it was too cold for her today,” I commented.

“Yes, it’s too cold for Joy.”

“Do you have any big plans for the weekend?” I tried it again.

“It depends on the weather.”

“The forecast is for sunshine with temperatures around the freezing mark.”

“In that case, I have no plans. How about you?”

“Nothing definite,” I said. The next five minutes passed in absolute silence. “Well, I guess I’d better get to work. I’ll see you on Monday, Nick.”

“I’ll see you on Monday, Dennis.”

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