Best Stories of the Week…April 1st

MONDAY…early, en route to the Park, I see a fella with droopy drawers coming towards me carrying what looks like a liter of Coke or Pepsi before ducking into an alcove.

As I’m about to pass I hear him say to a big bundle of blankets with feet sticking out...look what I found, and it’s almost full, the joy of his good fortune mewing in the moonlight. 

My own gratitude, fast asleep, is now wide awake.

LATER ON…a Sheepdog called Otis has moved into the neighborhood.

Otis, or O as he’s called, has a Beatle haircut, paws like surf boards and is the size of a Buick.

When I stopped to pet him, in his profuse exuberance, pinned me against my building. “Have we met?” I asked, as he yanked my mask down before licking my face.

I didn’t mind of course, but the rate things are going in the #METOO department, Otis might consider putting a lawyer on retainer.

WEDNESDAY…The Gap has been having their bi/annual Friends and Family Sale, so I bought a new baseball cap for Arturo, the Deli Man, who’s been looking sad lately.

When he appeared puzzled getting a present, I said, “I just want you to always remember Arturo, how special you are.”

I thought he was going to cry.

He didn’t.

Instead, he gave me Brussels sprouts.  🙂  



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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48 Responses to Best Stories of the Week…April 1st

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, your first story really humbled me. We take so much for granted. I vow to try being more appreciative of what I have.
    And what could be a better thank-you than fresh brussels sprouts? Yum!

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    • They know me in that store, and I come for vegetables only, so it was very sweet. Little things, and yes, I’m with you on taking much for granted. This past year has humbled me so, you have no idea. Thanks Skinny. Hope you and Pookie have a nice weekend.

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  2. You were there to notice droopy-drawers about to share his lucky find. Now the world knows!

    I’m so glad Arturo realizes he is appreciated. You write the most beautiful stories with your life.

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  3. I think Brussel sprouts are a fitting thank you. O is too busy being exuberant to worry about me too. Bless his heart. Super story, Susannah.

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  4. Eilene Lyon says:

    I always feel humbled by your caring for those who are so often overlooked. You inspire me to do better in my little corner of the world.

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    • Oh Eilene, I know you do just fine. I can tell by the way you write.

      I do notice the unappreciated, especially of late. I see all the workers who came every day despite the terror of the epidemic, that hardly get noticed like they’re apparitions serving the public. I go out of my way for that reason, and I’m sure to the irritation of some, to make sure I say kind things. It takes everything I have not to scream at the selfish, self absorbed in our midst, but alas…it’s better to be still and teach by demonstration hoping someone who doesn’t notice those workers, will somehow notice you. Thanks, as always. Susannah

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  5. Sorryless says:

    What a difference a day makes!

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  6. Patricia says:

    The friends may be homeless, but they are wise in sharing what they have with each other. Many could learn a lesson or two from them.
    How thoughtful to give a new cap to Arturo, the Deli Man. It is important to acknowledge the people we see even if we don’t know them well. I know he had a better day because of you. Bet there aren’t many that get Brussel sprouts free and from his heart.
    I think you are right that Otis better have a lawyer on speed dial.
    Have a lovely weekend and a blessed Easter, my friend.

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  7. Wow! You made me think of Teddy, the sheepdog we had growing up. He thought he was a Mini Cooper, not the Buick he was, which made life interesting when people came over.

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