The Nice Thing About Strangers

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

Pace Yourself

I’ve seen the older man walking his dog in the mornings and afternoons. I’ve watched them trudge along, slow to the point of stillness, causing passersby to always pass by. No one follows them for long. It is a reminder of how speed is for the young, how short-lived will be our ability to hustle.

Yet, this morning, I saw the man again without his dog. I barely recognized him. He rushed from the car parts store to the bakery, later he overtook me near the flower shop. I watch everyone so carefully that I knew his posture and his face, if not his pace.

In the afternoon, the man goes by, in the same shirt as the morning, but moving so slow as to hold up traffic. This time his pup is at his side. It is the pup who needs the time.

So he humbles himself to stay by the side of his elderly dog friend. Perhaps the dog is his best friend, though this gray-haired man now seems more beautiful than I could ever try to guess.

-Budapest, Hungary

Disclaimer: This is my sister’s elderly rescue dog, Jack, and not the pup featured in the story. 🙂

3 comments on “Pace Yourself

  1. vintageport014
    September 15, 2020


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Darlene
    September 15, 2020

    We do anything for our dogs. I love Jack!

  3. joannerambling
    September 15, 2020

    What lovely story

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