The old couple trying to cross a busy road

It’s hard out there. There’s more traffic outside my shop now. There’s a bus stop, a train station, a bakery and carpark exits. Endless rushing to somewhere. This couple held hands. They wore similar bright red shorts, running shoes and white t shirts, and she carried a bottle of orange juice, and she led him. As they made their way through a gap in the traffic, she led him. They were not fast, and several cars had to slow down, one to stop altogether. The man looked at his wife, stared at her face as she led him along, and although there are horns and hurrying all day long, nobody sounded their horn at them, or otherwise insisted they hurry along.

Painting by Benjamin Bjorklund

4 thoughts on “The old couple trying to cross a busy road

  1. That block where your shop is, is an accident waiting to happen. It needs a proper pedestrian crossing with flashing lights, at the very least. But it’s nice to know that drivers are still mindful of two elderly people crossing the road, that’s one of the nice things about small towns.

    Lovely painting, by the way.

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