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A couple in their middle years, all history gone behind them, sit and eat dinner in silence. They have nothing to say here, out for dinner, anymore than they did over dinner at home yesterday.

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deanchaseis
Jul. 18th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thats depressing, just one more reason to only get married for an hour at a time.
philoserf
Jul. 18th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
And they were enjoying a summer meal at Carmine's with a nice seat on the sidewalk.
ethicalhedonist
Jul. 19th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
Silence speaks volumes itself. There is a non-verbal communion that can exist between two people. I do not know the energy between them, I do not know the expressions on their faces... but is it possible that they were enjoying NOT having to say anything to each other, savoring the simple pleasure of just being together?
philoserf
Jul. 19th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
You are indeed correct. My short scene is incomplete. Additionally, it goes from the observed to a projection of what the observer could never know.

For the record, I would have recognized and heralded what you describe had it been there. It was not. They barely recognized each other at all, nearly never made eye contact, yet behaved from a board complacence of long association. My guess is they had argued before they arrived and/or they are recent empty nesters who are struggling through the change in relationship between them created by the vacuum and new time for association with each other.

Indeed, that silence you describe I recognize. Once, I described part of what I like in relationship as two people alone together on a Sunday morning in winter after breakfast with the New York Times spread about and the smell of coffee strong in the air, each intent in their section, the study before the conversation of the contents that will follow later.
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