In today’s writing challenge we are to head to a cafe, a park or other public space and describe the action we observe – without using adverbs. I’m thankful they gave a brief explanation of adverbs, as I was educated at a time when grammar was not thought
At this moment, I am sitting at my table, taking a break from the
seemingly endless painting endeavour that I undertook some weeks ago. I long to obey the instructions of the prompt and head to a cafe – but I fear the sight of my painting clothes would frighten other customers.
Instead, with a coffee made in my
newly painted kitchen, I take a moment to remember a moment, not that long ago when I was invited to another table.
I entered a familiar cafe in my local area, alone. I stood just inside the door, alone. I scanned the room for an empty table and in the process spied a couple who are old friends of mine. I
instinctively started! I had that moment we all have (don’t we? is it just me?) when we wonder if we should pretend we didn’t see them and act surprised when they see us.
I didn’t want to cramp their style. This could possibly be the first moment in a series of moments when they
finally had time together, alone.
I chose to say hello and be firm about sitting at another table. I had my Kindle and I was accustomed to
solitary dining meals for one.
And yet, they were also firm about inviting me to sit at their table.
They enthusiastically invited me! They joyously insisted!
They embraced me.
They included me.
They opened their table and their wallet.
They shared their Bruschetta.
These friends and owners of another marvellous cafe in this city, Third Space, had embodied the ethos of that cafe and welcomed me to their table, into their conversation and their company.
They had made space for a third.