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Topic: The Comedy of Errors (not about the play) (08/18/11)
TITLE: Date Night
By Leslie Schonfeld
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Overwhelmed by the menu, I asked for suggestions. “Duck.” He said, “You would love the succulent meat.”
The duck arrived; the waitress removed the domed lid. Sitting before me was an entire roasted bird. The smell was odd but I was ready for the new experience. A tiny fork accompanied my dish. Picking it up I delicately poked at the skin. Nothing happened. With a little more force I tried to pierce the delectable dish. I didn’t even dent it. Finally, grabbing the dinner fork like a spear I stabbed. Crumbling before me, my duck disintegrated. The foul fowl was inedible. Watching my date eat his dinner, I waited for my meal replacement.
Embarrassed, he escorted me out of the restaurant; he had planned another surprise. He was determined to resurrect this date. We drove to a little park laced with beautiful gardens. It was one of his favorite places. Nestled in among the flowers was an open air stone fireplace. We cuddled before a roaring fire. Relaxing, I sighed, maybe this would be a lovely evening after all. One raindrop hit my head, maybe it would stop. Storm clouds opened, the rain pelted us as we ran for the car.
Finding shelter, at least we were together. As long as it was just the two of us the evening wasn’t a complete lost. Soaking wet, we had to laugh. What a site we were. Gazing at the drowning embers of the fire we tried to make the best of it. Leaning in he kissed me. Sighing, I realized this wasn’t such a bad night. My thoughts were interrupted by a tapping on the window.
“Yes officer?” He said.
“You can’t park here, son. Go on home.” He ordered.
Our ridiculous night had come to a close. Expectations of a romantic evening came to a crashing halt. It wasn’t a total loss, I married him anyway. Anyone who would go through such effort was worth keeping. After 22 years, we still enjoy sharing our tale.
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