At The Coffee Shop ….. A collection of observations from Debbie Broadway. [Debbie Broadway Art Studio. No part may be reproduced without permission from Debbie Broadway-Florence, SC
The Oxygen Tank... So they walk into the coffee shop sort of lazy it appears. Yet I have no clue who they are. I have seen them before but not as regulars. What strikes me is the oxygen tank. He drags it behind him like a tail on a monkey. The hose is attached to him as he drags and sits. She goes to place their order. He does not appear to be a happy looking person. She appears to have her own issues in a more common way. I am a little curious as to what their order is. What caused them to go out into the public with the difficulty of an oxygen tank? Ahhh...here we go. Their order consists of sweet roll of some sort and a medium Frappuccino. Actually each of them has a Frapp. But is it a treat, a splurge or a regular diet? Appearance makes you think certain conclusions or questions. But it could be something else. Issues and hindrances are often in masked form. Other times they are obvious. He doesn't seem to feel bad about dragging his 'tail'. Nor should he be. I imagine he has adjusted to it. Otherwise why would he be going out in public? Well what would you do? Would you hide behind the walls of not being seen? Would you feel shame dragging your 'tail' and having a hose hang from your face in conversations? Certainly I am overplaying this or am I? These folks are everywhere through a variety of preventable and UN -preventable circumstances. Some made their path by poor lifestyle choices. For others the path found them via other situations. They though are out and about. And you know what; I clap for them. It takes a lot. Now the question is; how do you view them as they enjoy their outing and snack? It’s a heck of a lot of trouble. But it seems they decided life goes on in spite of the 'tail' and the ‘hose.’ 'Tails' and 'hoses' do come in various forms anyway with some not so obvious. What about you? Does life go on for you right now?
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