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Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)
TITLE: A Mystery
By Barbara Mahler
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It was especially during the “doing nothing” times that whenever we spotted the two men walking by, we began a sing-song, “Hup! Two, Three, Four!”
Other than that they lived a few blocks away and how they dressed, we knew little to nothing about them except that they were brothers; “they must be twins,” we said because they were exactly the same height, looked exactly alike and always dressed similarly – in khaki type pants and shirts – even matching jackets and coats during the fall and winter seasons.
“Hup! Two, Three, Four!” we chanted each time the tall, lanky men walked by. They never acknowledged or even seemed to notice that we marked the rhythm of their steps. When they passed by walking two by two in one direction, we would keep watch for them to pass by walking two by two in the opposite direction and take up our chant again: “Hup! Two, Three, Four!”
Another generation, my children, have come to recognize them as we did – commenting “oh, look there’s ‘Hup! Two, Three, Four!’”
Interesting, though, what is written on the pages of their lives is another tale - that which we may never know.
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