Walking with Another.........

   I was walking with this young boy awhile ago , he was going through one of those periods when life can be a bit troubling , I could tell he had moved into a mood of solitude and introspection , we all know the one ! No doult , it's the pressures of just living today that drag us down. This boy seemed much like myself at that age . When I was a kid , the circumstances of family life and our social surroundings combined to create , for me at least , a very shy, withdrawn young man. I have always been inclined to recognize traits of the same caliber of personality in others. Anyway, we walked for awhile together , communicating in small talk .
   " Well , anyway , hows life treating you this winter " i asked.
    "Ok............." was the quiet answer.
   " You seem a little bit down today , are you feeling Ok ?" I was trying to get a feel of the place he was in.......
   " Unnn hum .......I'm okay.".......he responded. But I could tell there was something
wrong , he seemed distracted from his surroundings , after all , it was a nice day , one of those late winter days when it's warmer than usual , the snow melt is running along the edge of the snow banks , the bright blue sky and a sun growing closer to it's spring cycles of warmth.
Pressing a little firmer into the mood ,
    " why don't you seem to be in a good mood today ?" I asked .....leaving the response open for a moment , hoping the silence might spur him on.
   I watched as the dogs walked and trotted at times trying to keep up with each other. Exploring off into their own little world , For a few moments we walked along in silence , and then someting just seemed to click .
   The young boy looked off a little further as if seeing into the mood that had been controlling his days, and then I watched as he took what seemed like a deep breath , and then exhaled.
.........and repeating the process a couple of times , I actually could feel the release of the mood that had taken him on this journey. Somehow a cloud had lifted and like in the moments following a summer rain shower , a new air , freshened by the walk , by being outside , watching the dogs running free , the deep silent breaths of fresh cool air , something inside had shifted ........
   That's the biggest problem with going on too long locked inside yourself ........ withdrawing into the worlds within ........pretty soon you realize that .......you're talking to yourself!!!

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Great hub.


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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Hehehe... Good trick there, bent our sight to the boy while it is no child to be pampered but you and you only. Why sound so lonely, Dad?

I was love do that too, imagined that I walking on the street with nice and quite company. But it is stop now since I decided to adopting my cat. Help my mind to not wander too far from reality because I have her to always distracting me. God little blessing called Pet. ^_^

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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I really liked this...just superb!

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Eiddwen , Thanks for "listening"...:-]

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi Freya ,The tricks of the mind huh? I have a cat too, Im afraid we know each other too well you and I .....lol. Be well my "daughter".

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Genna East , Thanks for stopping to share. Take care.

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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

Maybe he was just relieved you weren't going to press the issue, glad to be in the presence of an adult who could pose a question without demanding an answer.

Sometimes it can be enough to be nudged to examine the source of a temporary funk, to weigh the pleasant present with the gloom born of something past and be allowed to chose to move on.

Sometimes an "old fart" can be a Cool Cat-alyst.

I hope I am someday blessed with the wisdom of silence.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi Christopher, Ha ! Yes my friend, I do that all the time . I think that may be my problem , not demanding an answer to the unknown question. take care CP.

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Gee, I talk to myself everywhere and don't even care who hears me. One day I talked to the guy walking behind me and handed him a couple things to carry and then my husband showed up and said "she means me" the guy just smiled and walked on, but I think he might have followed me the whole way if not stopped, lol. Life really gets funny the older you get I think, because you don't care what anyone thinks. I kind of like that.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

LOl Pollyannalana , I would have loved to be that guy, to see that!Was he even confused? ;-]

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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Very nice story,


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Aye! Maggie May , Thank you my "Blue Nosed " friend. Thats right isn't it , Nova Scotia is where the blue nose schooner is from? :-]

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