Sunday, March 17, 2013

Semper Fidelis (Felis?)

I waited for him to exit his pickup truck
It was big
So was he
A Semper fidelis decal was on the back window
Tattoos of snakes, barbed wire and symbols unknown to me
       decorated his arms.
It was winter
He wore no coat
Everything about him was a bit intimidating...
      his walk
      his face
      his no nonsense expression.
      total control....don't mess with me
Yes, I got the message.
Once in the grocery I tended to my shopping.
Turning down the pet food aisle I saw him.
I imagined his big dog, Spike.
He turned to me

"My kitty won't eat anything but Frisky's Pate."
I smiled and said mine liked chunks with gravey.


  1. As middle school teachers, we should know not to judge a book by its cover.

  2. Too funny! I love surprises like this.

  3. I could just see this scene as it unfolded. I saw him and was tracking with your thinking. Then sweetness instead of the anticipated confrontation. Nicely told.