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Topic: COFFEE BREAK / TEA BREAK (03/01/18)
TITLE: Time Together
By Ken Grant
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"It's so nice to have someone to talk to. I am alone so much these days. What did you say your name was again?"
Carlos looks up into the face he knows so well. Its every line and crease brings back memories of much happier times. His life has been far from perfect, but it has been good and he has this woman to thank for that.
He stares deep into her eyes as he searches for some sign of recognition; some indication that she remembers.
"That's a wonderful name. You are such a dear for taking time out of your day for an old woman."
"It's my pleasure."
His heart beats quickly within as a smile appears on her face. She doesn't smile much these days. The cares of life and her increased confusion has stolen so much of the joy that had marked her life. He drinks his coffee down quickly. He wants to linger, but he has responsibilities. There is never enough time for the things that really matter.
"Well, I have to be getting to work."
He slides out of the booth and stands to his feet. That is the signal for a petite young woman to walk over and join them.
"Ready to go, Juanita?"
Awareness slowly works its way to the surface. She looks at the woman and allows her to help her into a wheelchair. Carlos nods at the woman and smiles. She nods back before taking the woman away. He watches as they move into the parking lot and a small tear appears on his face.
"Good-bye, Mom. Have a great day."
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