Here is an excerpt from the 2nd chapter of my book “A Shoebox House”. This is a cute scenario at the park on the first day I met Luke.
“Luke was a gentleman and I never felt pressured or awkward about talking, or my appearance; I felt accepted. Although, I was still not sure what to think about Luke, I reflected on his profile, and accepted that it matched his demeanor and attitude.
I noticed that there were little squirrels everywhere, running up and down the walking paths and scurrying up trees. These squirrels had big, bushy tails, and were obviously well fed,their beady eyeballs were bright and alert. Luke and I walked side-by-side along the trail that circles the pond. Tall trees lined the path and obviously provided the much needed shade in the summer. Luke was always by my side, but he never took my hand or invaded my external comfort zone.
As we proceeded down the trail, the brave squirrels came right up to us; searching for a handout. I assumed Luke came to the park often because he had a supply of peanuts in his coat pocket and was ready to delve them out; like pennies in a wishing well. I turned around at one point, slightly startled, and one bold little bugger was chasing us, apparently he wanted more. He was galloping after us at a rapid pace, and I was envisioning a horror movie with zombie squirrels. I grabbed Luke’s arm as if he were going to rescue me. I felt the softness of his flannel shirt, and embraced the touch, however brief, of another human being, a man. In an uneventful fashion, Luke tossed him another peanut… and laughed at me. I smiled as the zombie squirrel bounced off with his treasure.”
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