Alone at 86 in my own old house with nothing but memories.
When I come home, my local crow friends are waiting for a handout of the dry cat food I keep in the trunk of my car. I feed them. Someone is glad to see me.
I go inside the house. It’s quiet. Too quiet. I have to turn on the radio or TV. That is better.
I go into the dining room where my recorder catches any calls I may have had. A big zero shows I have not had any calls for several days.
I sit down to read a book, one I read many years ago.
Out of the quietness, my phone rings. Maybe it is a friend or my son. A pause, a tape recorder asks for a donation to a police charity or offers a special on cleaning my rugs or sometimes someone telling me who to vote for. I hang up and go back to my book.
Solitude. Bah Humbug.
Don Sivertsen, now 96, still telling stories at a writing group and for us on Sharing Stories. This piece is an excerpt of his book Laughs, Luck, & Life: From A to Z which is available through Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IFN4DD8.
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