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March 18, 2008 / missallaneous

Solitary

I was in Cafe Allegro today trying to write, and sitting facing me in the next table was an old man. It seemed he’d been there all morning, just drinking his coffee and reading the paper. At some point as the day wore on, though, he pulled out what looked like a home-made board game. There was a board with a simple grid, and maybe a dozen markers — half in black and the other half in gold.

Until then, this scene was nothing out of the ordinary. Then, he started playing the game by himself – both sides of the game. Rolling the dice and moving a black marker… rolling the dice and moving a gold one.

My heart crumbled a little realizing how lonely we can be in this world. Here is a man sitting in a coffee shop because maybe, he has no where else to be, and no one else to be with.

Alone, he plays both sides of a game made for two.

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  1. Jeff Lam / Mar 18 2008 2:46 pm

    my heart just crumpled a lil too =\

  2. darwin / Mar 19 2008 8:32 am

    aww.. you never asked him what game it was…

  3. miriam / Mar 25 2008 6:01 pm

    If only sleeping with a hot-water bottle does give the same warmth of a company in bed.

  4. jessie / Mar 26 2008 6:05 am

    Hi Melissa! I just found your blog, I’m excited! This post gave me goosebumps…

  5. missallaneous / Mar 26 2008 10:49 am

    Milo: I like my electric blankie :)
    Jessie: Hiii! :)

  6. georgesong / May 6 2008 2:35 pm

    you should’ve challenged him! :)

  7. stevensliu / Jul 12 2008 6:39 am

    “Alone, he plays both sides of a game made for two”. wow to that statement

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