the “Walkers” powered past my house,
merrily chatting away as they exercised.
Trim and fashionable in their cute outfits,
and bright athletic shoes,
this cluster of women was oblivious of
my longing to be included in their lives.
New to the neighborhood and
new to parenting,
I was desperate for a friend.
Still dressed in my pajamas,
with my hair in a wadded pony,
I wanted to holler out the window,
“Hey! I’m lonely.
Would you be my friend?”
Figuring that strategy might make them walk even faster,
I devised another plan to intercept them.
Many evenings after supper,
I put my baby in his stroller and casually traced their route
hoping for a chance meeting that
would get me invited into their circle.
Instead, I encountered Bob,
an elderly man with thick, white hair and
sparkly blue eyes.