A PEACEFUL MOMENT

He’d felt like a big kid again riding his bike to the park.

He picked up a coffee and a doughnut from the 24-hour drive-through, the only place open that early in the morning. Now he sat and ate them on the picnic table.

A couple of ducks sauntered over, pecking around for some crumbs.

No-one else was about. He savoured the peace and quiet, the chance to eat his snack undisturbed, the sense of calm.

The only downside was the march of time. He would have to return soon.

He finished the sweet treat and had to gulp down the last of his drink.

The kids would be waking, his wife could keep them at bay for only so long. It was enough that she had granted him this quiet moment.

He got back on his bike and cycled off, ready to face the rest of Father’s Day.


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Happy Father’s Day for all those celebrating it this Sunday. I’m hoping for a relaxing one.

29 responses to “A PEACEFUL MOMENT”

  1. Gentle tale this week, Iain.

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    1. I’m feeling in a gentle Father’s Day mood.

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  2. I’m not a bike rider but I cherish my early morning coffee and quiet. Lovely story this week Iain.

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    1. Thanks Susan ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Great story. I feel that way on Mother’s Day. Love being a mother but peace and quiet for a while…priceless.

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    1. Exactly Janet, just a few minutes now and then is all we’re asking ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. He’ll have plenty of peace and quiet when the kids are grown. =) Very nice story, Iain!

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    1. That’s true, but you know, just ten minutes now and then would be nice! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. True enough! I’m on the other side, my kids are grown. I do remember the sweet ten minutes of freedom here and there. haha

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      2. Hi Iain, I keep forgetting…hope you had a wonderful father’s day!

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        1. Thank you Brenda, I did indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I can understand this Dad wanting peace and quiet, but wonder if he really wants to go home and be the centrepiece for the day?

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    1. I’m sure he does really, it’s just it’s nice to get a little peace and quiet now and then ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I kept waiting for something to happen but this was probably a day in your life Ian! Happy Father’s Day

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    1. It’s all I dream of! Thanks Aks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Very nice story, Iain. I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day. As parents, we all crave and cherish that quiet and peaceful time now and then.

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    1. Thank you, I did indeed have a lovely day, although without much peace and quiet! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. A piece of truth written in the kindest of ways. Nice!

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      1. Youโ€™re welcome, Iain.

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  9. That one seemed almost autobiographical Iain ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Could you tell?! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. A lovely slice of valuable and quality alone time. I expect the kids will be giving him a second breakfast though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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