I was witness to an argument that left me filled with thought…a young couple duking it out at the entrance of Central Park. I so wanted to say, please don’t go in disturbing the peace, but managed to muzzle myself.
“I fucken hate you,” she said, the tattoos on her arms coming to life. “I am sick, sick sick a’ you lyin then showin up ta lie s-more.”
Well, I thought, if that’s true I’d be sick of him too, but what got my attention more than the shrillness of her voice was his reaction. He just stood there taking every verbal punch with dignified poise. After she finally ran out of steam he said, “Are you done, cause I gots sump-in ta say.
As she plopped on a bench, I kept stretching as if I was about to do an Ironman so I wouldn’t miss anything. Hey, I’m just a nosy blogger, what can I say?
“I gots ta work. If we eva is gonna get married I need ta put some bucks away. I ain’t lyin when I tell ya I’m at work. They keep me late sometime cause the otha guy’s late and I need ta wait. Why won’t you ba-lieve me ? I love you baby so much.”
Yes, me and my hamstrings were in tears listening to him plead, while she just sat there biting her French manicure I so wanted to caution her about since the adhesive they use is very toxic.
They finally made up, kissing like porn stars in the early morning light.
Made me think how lucky we are to find someone to love. It’s not easy coexisting, and one needs to take care of what one loves, could just be a pair of shoes, or the lawn. But the person you let into your life needs attention always. I’m not wild about the expression, relationships need work. Work sounds joyless and uphill. Unions require a soft touch, a gentle understanding and most of all the grace and gratitude for the other.
It’s why you see that husband sitting at a bar talking to an attractive girl who needs a little attention, and after two or three drinks are in the front seat of her Subaru fucking like bunnies who really only needed to be held.
I know what I’m talking about. It takes a few years of solitude to put and see all the pieces clearly.
I sure hope that couple are still kissing.