Finding balance

26 Jul

As I looked up and started tying the poop bag, I noticed a car park along the curb about 20 feet ahead of us. I paused for a moment. Should I cross the road to avoid the person? I wondered, Or should I just wait them out? It’s a dilemma I face multiple times every walk.

A few weeks ago I read a Twitter thread by a young woman who, for a few weeks, deliberately did not step out of the way when someone was walking towards her. It was a mini experiment she was conducting, mostly to confirm her belief that white men did not step out of the way for others. I’d been taking note lately of who moved out of our way as Richard and I meandered along the sidewalk. In this game of sidewalk chicken, I usually caved first, desirous of the six feet I’d become accustomed to during the pandemic.

As the driver opened the back hatch of her SUV, I debated: Wait or walk around? I saw her finally, emerge, hands full of grocery bags and a baguette. Walk around, I decided, just as the baguette fell from her hands onto the grassy parking strip.

“I’d offer to help…” I said, trailing off.

“But the dog might steal the bread,” she finished for me, smiling.

“Oh, he’d definitely steal the bread,” I replied as we stepped off the sidewalk and walked around the vehicle. “And I have poop in my other hand, so it’s a no brainer.”

She picked up her baguette, laughing, clearly grateful for my lack of assistance. She turned towards her house and climbed the front stairs, groceries balanced precariously.

7 Responses to “Finding balance”

  1. arjeha July 26, 2022 at 8:05 am #

    Wasn’t sure where you were going with this but I love the smile it brought. Sometimes the best help one can be is not helping at all.

  2. Trish July 26, 2022 at 8:44 am #

    What an awesome “Slice of Life.” Little moments like that make me glad we share this planet, give a bit of a boost to the day. The fact she smiles and is “grateful for [your] lack of assistance”—poop and all—gave me a vicarious chuckle.

  3. Fran McCrackin July 26, 2022 at 10:42 am #

    Love how the poop bag opens you slice of life and then reappears at the end! The dialogue included was also just enough and just right. Love the subtle humor shared in this well written small moment.

  4. Debbie Lynn July 26, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

    Love your ending! Cute story! 🙂

  5. Diane Anderson (newtreemom) July 26, 2022 at 7:38 pm #

    So funny!

    • Adrienne July 26, 2022 at 7:46 pm #

      I often joke that someday I will write a book called “My Life in Dog Poop”.

  6. Fran Haley July 27, 2022 at 2:41 am #

    A great story – love how the mood shifted from rising angst to light-heartedness on encountering a stranger. Perfect touches of humor!

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