Walking

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A nice leisurely walk.......hmm!

Submitted: October 12, 2016

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Walking.

 

Just come with me for a walk. We won’t go far and we are in no rush, we’ll just take a leisurely stroll through the town.

 

Mind yourself though. There are so many people with their ear buds in, eyes fixed on their mobiles and pretty much oblivious to other pedestrians. And be careful crossing the roads; some of the drivers will be on their mobiles too, one hand on the steering wheel; others might be trying to pacify toddlers in the back seats. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for that truck. It’s so big the driver just keeps on going, relying on everyone else to keep out of his way.

 

The pubs are just starting to open their doors. There are no drunks for you to have to avoid at this time of day. During the afternoon and the evening it might well be different. Don’t worry too much though, they are mostly a pretty harmless bunch except sometimes to each other.

 

There are people sitting outside the cafe, a whole group of them. You can feel their eyes fix on to you as you get nearer, as you walk past. You don’t want to look at them as you don’t know how they’ll react; you don’t want to be obvious in looking away either. The most sensible thing you can think to do is look at the ground in front of yourself, only raising your eyes when you are safely past.

 

The supermarket is having a delivery, so you’ll have to dodge the loads as the trolleys cross over the path. And inside, even though you are the customer, you’ll find that you’ll feel that you are in the way. Grab what you can quickly and head for the check-out. The cashier is deep in conversation with the customer in front of you, even though their goods are paid for, not yet packed up. There are several customers waiting behind you now and the cashier is brusque with you, rushing you, making you feel as though it’s your fault that there is a hold-up.

 

The pharmacy now to pick up a prescription. You hand it in – it will be ready in a few minutes so you wait. There are six members of staff and you are the only customer. You walk around, looking at things you have no interest in buying, becoming increasingly shocked at the price tags. Every time you glance up, one of the assistants seems to be looking at you. Are they making sure you don’t just pocket something? When your prescription is ready you can’t wait to get out of the door.

 

The shoe shop has some bargain bins out on the pavement. Not the sort of thing you are looking for but you do see a pair of boots you rather like in the window. You look from all different angles, trying to get a glimpse of a price tag. No luck, so you go inside, just to enquire. The shop assistant quotes a price that normally would buy you at least four pairs, then hurries on to enthusiastically enquire what size you would like. Hastily you think of some excuse – you’re illegally parked or something – and you hurry away saying you’ll be back later. Not a chance.

 

And now it’s the school lunch break. You find yourself walking in the road to get past the kids walking in the opposite direction, four abreast. But even there you find yourself jostled, banged with backpacks, looked at like you have no right to be where you are. There’s loud laughter, spoken remarks.....Are they aimed at you?

 

Okay! Let’s scrap that first sentence. Let’s not go for a walk! Or at least if we do, let’s head out towards the park instead.


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