A Story about Being Alone
Mom Was Terribly Lonely
"Though I desired not to move, the lease contract to my apartment was ending. I was terribly lonely, and had absolutely no one to help me, or even a new place to live! In the mist of my turmoil, I received a delightful call from my lovely daughter."
“Mom, I am making plans to come see you soon, you'll need to pack your bags to meet me,” she said with excitement.
“This is a sweet surprise, darling! Will George be coming to?”
“Of course, mom, you know I can’t go anywhere without him,” she vowed.
I immediately made two reservations at the Pierre Hotel, and left home that eve.
Mom Couldn't Wait to See Her Daughter
An official doorman with a fancy hat and white gloves greeted me, “Good evening; Madam, your hotel suite is ready,” he supposed, as he grabbed my valise, and directed me to my exquisite room.
"Thank you, Sir."
"You're most welcome, Madam," he politely bowed and smiled from ear to ear with his hand extended behind his back. Next, he waited for his tip.
I fervently dropped my blue jumper on my bed to peer out of my window to admire the lofty beauty of Central Park, from a peak of twelve stories. The view was breathtaking and exhilarating! The park beamed with a bright mixture of blossoms and budding maple trees from the spring extravaganza of New York’s Botanical Garden’s annual show this year.
Nowadays, I couldn't wait to see my daughter and her cousin tomorrow! I hadn't seen them in two years, since they moved to Wales. My baby girl was on her way to spending quality time with her dear old mom; hence, I had to make sure we would enjoy the best time ever. I called Ticketmaster for seating to see 'Figaro,' and room service to deliver a sumptuous dinner. Next, I nestled in my warm sheets, popped on the TV and eagerly anticipated their arrival.
Upon awakening, I briskly showered, and headed straight to Central Park for a quick trot round the park before sunrise. My daughter was coming in the evening, and I wanted her to see me energized, and not decrepit with low self respect. Having a whole day to me did seem like a pleasant reprieve for most, however, I couldn't enjoy the tourist sites alone, not even for one day! The daylight appeared to drag endlessly, as I waited for her. The evening came and passed, and I waited for her to ring my doorbell, however, she never did.
I Spend too Much Time Alone! I Must Make a Change!
Dumbfounded, Mother Didn't Know What to Believe
Terribly worried, I nervously dialed her phone number, and she for some reason didn't answer. All sorts of awful imaginations started running through my weak brain. Could she have been in an accident? I imagined. Easily, of course not, I reasoned, since I would have heard of an airplane wreck on the nightly news. I questioned why she wasn't taking my calls, and I grew more and more nervous as the night sky set in. I barely slept a measly wink!
Finally, she answered, and I mumbled while a tear ran down my wrinkled face, “Darling, why aren't you here?”
“What do you have in mind, mom?”
“I have been at the Pierre Hotel waiting for you for two entire days!”
“Like a shot mama, where did you catch the feeling, I was coming to New York this season?” she said ardently.
I insisted, “Well, you told me to gather you in Manhattan this week, didn't you, love?”
What! Of course not, no mama! I never said I was visiting you in New York, besides; I can’t come to see you, now, because, George has a competitive engagement this week.”
Dumbfounded, I didn't know what to believe. “Okay, love, I guess I’ll see you on Mother’s Day.”
Mommy Had to Make the Best of Her Time Off
Relieved, she was fine; I set out to make the best of my astonishing time off, alone! Later, my younger sister kindly called to say, she had played a silly prank on me to compel me to forget about the awful stress of having to move. She never realized how uneasy I felt.
Being Lonely Is Perhaps a Perfect Day to Find You
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