This post is part of A to Z Challenge for April 2016. For letter V, I am choosing View from the corner .
A to Z Challenge April 2016: V for View from the corner
Currently I am sitting in a coffee shop near my work place with a hot chocolate and my laptop. I get a good view from my corner seat at the shop and by views I am not referring to beautiful views of nature but just the view of the tables/sofas/booths in the shop. Basically while I am waiting for my colleague to turn up I am doing some people watching and also writing my post for the A to Z challenge. My colleague will turn up only after an hour though. This is because I have come to the shop an hour before our scheduled meeting time so as to take a break from work and also to reserve this corner place. The shop is very busy and is full of opportunities for people watching, gaining inspiration or possibly overcoming a writer’s block!
- On the sofa in the corner opposite me is a bloke with a laptop. Between correcting his glasses and sipping away his coffee he is typing aggressively. I assume he is a writer because he seems to be thinking a lot. Yet he is fairly relaxed and it appears as if he has got the whole day for himself and as if he has no other commitments. Every now and then though he is looking around and then getting back to his typing. Perhaps he is also writing a blog post??
- On the sofa opposite me is a lady who just entered the shop few minutes ago. As she keeps hangs her jacket and settles on the sofa, she rings someone and I can hear her tell, “I hit luck y and got the comfy seats by the window. See you soon”. That makes me smile as I realize I am not the only one who likes to reach coffee shops early to reserve a nice place.
- Then there are two young mums with their little babies in the pram. Probably they have just returned from a playgroup or stroll in the park. One of the babies is sleeping but the other one is awake. He is trying to get hold of the pram toy with his little feet. I can’t believe how good as gold are the two babies. The mums are chatting away happily.
- Few tables away from me are two gentlemen with suits and ties. Besides their coffees and Panini they have a laptop with a PowerPoint presentation loaded, iPhones and few business papers on the table. They are probably discussing some strategy or a big contract. Honestly speaking, I think they should do this in their office instead of the coffee shop. It looks as if they have got the whole office to the coffee shop.
- At the table next to mine is a young girl (perhaps a student) with her apple device. She has got ear phones on and in between what seems like an assignment or project report that she is typing, she takes pictures of her coffee, the scrumptious brownie and a selfie. Perhaps she will share it on social media next.
- Two very adorable elderly couple have arrived few minutes ago and they have occupied the table diagonally opposite me. When they arrived, the old man pulled out the chair for the old lady to sit. He then took her walking stick and along with his walking stick placed them leaning on to the wall next to their table. Then he sat down too. As they wait for their order they are simply observing the surroundings. I look at them and they look at me and they give me the most charming smile. It has just brightened my day!
- I also take a look at all the baristas in the shop. They all seem like a very happy bunch. Between taking and shouting orders over all the noise in the shop, preparing the drink, heating the toasties/paninis, serving and clearing the cups, they are also having little chats and laughs with each other. One Barista catches my attention more than the rest of them. She probably just served the grumpiest customer of the day (a very arrogant business guy who couldn’t decide what he wanted in the first place and then didn’t have the patience to wait as his drink was being made and finally just snagged his drink and left the place without a smile).But the barista is still smiling and greeting the next customer with a genuine friendly smile and ‘can I help?’
- On the far end of the shop in one of the corner tables are two middle aged ladies chatting. I cannot hear what they are speaking but I can gather that one of them is sharing her worries with the other who is listening very patiently and I presume she is also giving some advice. From her body language it appears as if she is saying, “don’t worry, everything is going to be fine’. Whatever that she is saying appears quite reassuring to me and that leaves me thinking there is hope in this world.
And just like that I spend about an hour tucked away into the corner of this small coffee shop watching people, their interactions, body language and activities and of course filing away my observations; my view from the corner ….