The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

The Tightrope Retiree

She’s tiny under her fuzzy red hat and scarf. She’s come out into the chilly weather to inspect her sidewalk. She steps like she’s on a high wire, one foot carefully placed ahead of her. The days are so sunny that the snow and ice melt into a soft slush. Yet, by the afternoon the water freezes in the slightest bit of shade. It’s deceptively sunny, in fact, but a winter with sunshine isn’t so terribly bad. Small stuffed animals line the ledges of her windows; she likes snowmen, fake flowers, and family portraits. She is taking small steps to get to a trash can full of salt. It seems a delightful task as she casts the small white pieces along her walkway. She sows the salt like a child with confetti, smiling to herself as she moves mindfully back indoors. –VermontMalmo, Sweden, turning tower

10 comments on “The Tightrope Retiree

  1. kiwiskan
    January 23, 2015

    what a beautiful picture you have painted

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      January 24, 2015

      Thank you! I just wanted to hug her, but instead I thought it might be more prudent just to write her story.

  2. sedge808
    January 23, 2015

    i see this building when i watch ‘The Bridge’. love that show.

  3. joannerambling
    January 23, 2015

    Bloody awesome I can just picture her

  4. Leya
    January 24, 2015

    I think I know her…And – have you been in Malmoe without telling me!!??? (It is Turning Torso, isn’t it!)

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      January 24, 2015

      My brother and I went there back in…hmm…2006 or 2007? My father’s family is from Malmo! Yes, it’s precisely that building, and it was a highlight of our very brief stay there. We also had a breakfast so wonderful that it still brings us to tears. 😀

      • Leya
        January 24, 2015

        I remember you telling me you had relatives from Sweden, but I thought you had been visiting recently…which I would never have forgiven you not telling me…!

  5. Yilmaz Alimoglu
    February 13, 2015

    Hi Paige,
    Hope you are well. Wonderful page.
    Can you please contact me via email.

    Thank you.

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