Best Story of the Week…April 22nd

There’s a little Irish guy, with a mane of white hair, I see most mornings in front of an apartment building hosing down its sidewalk. 

How do I know he’s Irish?

He has that special twinkle, inspiring me to say hello.

At most, he’ll nod, blinking back eyes so blue, they shine in the moonlight.

I try not taking his aloofness personally, greeting him like a persistent puppy just the same. 

That said.

It’s Sunday, en route home from an errand, when there’s a guy coming the other way in a dark suit…pants a tad too wide in the leg, a white button-down offset by a bright red tie, no overcoat over his suit jacket properly buttoned.

As I’m about to pass him, he says with a bit of a brogue, “Hey, how ya doin’? Beautiful mornin’ it is?” 

Suddenly I’m seeing shamrocks and shillelaghs, that Irish lilt so pleasing to the ear.

It takes a second, but I see, it’s the nodder, 4 blocks up. 

Well I’ll be.

We both stop.

“I didn’t recognize you,” I say, “ya know, without your hose.”

His face gets a little red as I’m kinda thinking mine does, but being members of polite society, both ignore my unfortunate choice of language.

“I’m on ma’ way to help at Saint Thomas,” he says, “to greet, and pass the basket,” a whiff of what smells like Old Spice salting the air.

“Oh yeah?” I say, “that sounds nice, to do a little service.”

He smiles, sharing a space in his front teeth along with dimples that could run for Mayor.

“Have a blessed day,” he says, giving his best nod, “see ya in the mornin’, God willin’ that is.”

I watch him go, a spring in his step, suddenly aware, of the one in mine.  🙂   



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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37 Responses to Best Story of the Week…April 22nd

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    It’s so rewarding when a barrier is broken down. Although silent, you obviously made an impression on him, Susannah.
    Top of the morn’n to ya!

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  2. What a great story! Your outreach melted his reserve on a Sunday morning.

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  3. A great story this morning, Susannah. I think that 6 am nod will now be a smile with those dimples playing forward to light up your day. 😊

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  4. Dale says:

    How lovely is that? Persistence paid off in leaps and bounds.
    Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

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  5. robprice59 says:

    Beware those who kiss the Blarney Stone! You have to love the Irish.

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  6. Patricia says:

    How wonderful, the nodding acquaintance is now a friend with a smile.


  7. You have the best descriptions. Love the dimples that could run for mayor. 🙂

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    • He’s very charming without effort and has no idea. He’s a building worker/church volunteer. He’s happy to just be in play. I have to tell you, I envy it. I do.

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      • She is so thin. I’m thin and make 3 of her. I can’t imagine what it must be like to work so hard staying so thin. It’s not easy. She runs like a rabbit the way she darts by with all her might. I’m there peacefully running, not for speed but more to commune with Nature. I’ll bet she notices nothing…the blossoms that have come out like sprays of gigantic bouquets. The trees are back, flush and green. Her eyes that are huge, like saucers that don’t really land anyplace. I’ve really observed her. Along with being sad, it’s fascinating. Like watching a wild animal up close. Thanks, as always.


  8. Magically delicious 🍀 Perfect way to start the day.

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    • Shouldn’t you be reading something more worth while like Gone With the Wind, or the Philly Times? Is there one? Just sayin Top, all these back pieces you’re reading though I appreciate it. 🙂


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