The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Just Enough

Post-fender-bender, the two men pull into the bus station parking lot to inspect the damage. Those of us waiting for buses watch with delight any activity that may pass the time. These men fit the bill.

They are in their late twenties, perhaps early thirties. The sedan bumped the van, but the van has a trailer hitch, so there isn’t much damage. Nonetheless, the van driver dusts his bumper and glowers. The men argue in front of their audience from tall, upright and affronted postures, their shoulders up and back. They don’t raise their arms above their elbows but rest them at their sides, then raise them in low angles to help emphasize their displeasure. They gesture toward each other for a few minutes, then go to their vehicles and drive away rather calmly.

I laugh with a color-coordinated elderly couple–he in a burgundy jacket and she in a burgundy top. We don’t interact much either. We smile together for a moment, then go back to our individual bus wait, standing nearby but turning away.

–Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Medjugorje, Bosnia

Victoria, Gloria, and Santa Maria. Souvenir shops and pedestrians.

10 comments on “Just Enough

  1. joannerambling
    October 7, 2013

    I love watching confrontations but hate to be involved in them but watching them is nice way to waste a few minutes

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      October 8, 2013

      I love that they were both engaged in it, but also unwilling to raise their arms past their elbows. 🙂
      Hope you’re having a great day, Joanne!

  2. coastalcrone
    October 9, 2013

    I love to people watch too. Thanks for deciding to follow my blog! I will enjoy reading about your travels.

  3. reocochran
    October 9, 2013

    I enjoyed this very much! I like to see both happy and discontent people! It makes life well rounded. But I am like you, see the best in people. So glad to hear that you like to notice the “nice” qualities, too! I have only written about a dozen “sad” stories of over 300 posts. I look forward to reading your positive stories! Thanks for your very kind comments, too (on my post). By the way, you are beautiful, inside and out!

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      October 9, 2013

      Thanks for your kind comments as well! I try to avoid the sad stories–though some of the sweet oldster love stories may be tear-jerkers. 🙂 Thanks for coming by for a visit and I imagine we’ll be in touch quite often! Good luck with your search!

  4. Md. Alsanda
    October 10, 2013

    Thanks for passing by.

  5. Beauty Along the Road
    June 13, 2015

    Hi Paige – really enjoying your poignant little vignettes and observations. Thanks so much for the follow.

    • Thank you for paying the blog a visit and for your kind comment! I am glad to follow you as well. 🙂

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