Autumn Leaves ― and Love ― Are in the Air (Blech)

by Amy on November 14, 2010 · 3 comments

Usually I own this park.  That flat spot on the stone wall over there, that’s where I sit yoga-style after my run listening to Barry Manilow songs and my heart beat.  That rock over there, that’s where I hide my water bottle (don’t tell anyone).  That tree over there, that’s where I feel like losing my lunch because I’ve run a mile by then.  At the park, solitude is the norm ― kind of hip, even.  As a single, I excel in solitude, so I’m a natural here.

Today, though, I feel like an uninvited guest.  Is it the fact that the leaf-strewn walking paths are crowded with hand-holding couples who don’t bother to move when they’re walking toward me, clearly expecting me to walk around them so they don’t break their link and because it’s just easier for me because I’m only one and they’re two?  Is it the two stone benches that have just been dedicated, tilted toward each other in memory of the half-century-long married couple who can now view eternity side by side from their favorite overlook?  Is it the initials TH + RS already carved into the benches by a daydreaming young lover for whom eternity means the minutes she must spend away from her beau?  Is it the fact that my iPod insists on playing songs about irritating topics like…love?

Nah.  None of those things.  I tell you what it is.  It’s…

The invasion of the family photo sessions.  Grrrr.  The fall foliage has brought out every perfect family and sweater-clad engaged couple from here to Memphis, and they’re posed all over my walking path, hill stairclimb and, yes, my precious yoga wall.  And the worst part is they keep acting irritated when I try to exercise anywhere within the vicinity of their shot.

Excuse me, but get off my park.    

Or maybe I’m just being overly sensitive today.

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Jennifer Moore November 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Nah, you’re not being overly sensitive. I feel your pain. I just wish I had the nerve to not move out of the way when a couple walk straight toward me. They should move out of MY way!

Marge Everhart November 14, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Love it!! Don’t split the lovers. Just swing your fanny as you go by.

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