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Deck Chair

fischer-719759_1280The woman sat on the deck chair looking out to sea and imagined a far-off ship going to the tropics. There it would find the warmth she had never experienced. She enjoyed a good life in a material sense at least. In personal relationships, she had been less fortunate. And so, she could buy a gift for anyone but had no one to give it.

 

A child run across the beach carrying an inflatable ball. Something attracted the youngster to the woman. So, she threw the ball towards her. Affronted by the girl’s forwardness, she was tempted to retreat into her book with a glower. Instead, the woman sent the ball through the air and into grateful hands. For a minute, they amused each other as they played out a game. Then the girl gave a shy smile and ran off to somewhere unknown.

Brightened, the woman looked around and saw couples, families and groups enjoying shared companionship. She should have felt excluded but somehow, she had reconnected with the human race. That was enough.

 

 The ship upon the grey ocean dropped below the horizon.

 

This came for a book of reflection that you can read free at Wattpad.

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Alone Morse versus Lonely Lewis

It as amazing how themes of real concern are explored even in TV detective series. Take the ever popular Inspector Morse dramas by Colin Dexter and the the spin –off Lewis sequels. Both are set amongst the dreaming Spires of Oxford and consist of  nearly infallible policeman and his devoted if sometimes cheeky side-kick. investigating some usually gruesome murders Yet there very real differences in the Morse and Lewis characters when in the lead role.  Whilst both are single, Morse is is a life long bachelor and content with his music, beer, jaguar and the occasionally flirtation with women who always let him down. He appears then only to be occasionally lonely. Lewis is very essentially different. He eats his fast food, is comforted by his cat and grieves for his wife killed in a hit-and-run accident. Lewis is desperately lonely. However with thought we detect what separates them; not their situation. Instead it is the choices they have made in their situation. For as a result of what they have chosen for themselves, Morse is single and Lewis truly alone.

 

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