I first saw him – slowly walking the beach near the surf line –
at first glance, I thought of him to be homeless.
He was pulling what looked like a wagon – but it was a beach wagon.
And it was piled high with things I could not make out from a distance.
As I watched a family near him also watched him as he slowly passed them.
Then I realized he had a suit and tie on – very well dressed –
“WHERE WAS HE GOING I THOUGHT”?
Struggling – he was struggling to pull that beach wagon.
Then I walked over to him thinking I might help him a bit.
That is when he told me a short story – a story about “THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE”!
“Hello he said – it is a beautiful day isn’t it”?
He continued to talk – not stopping – but then I asked him where he was going and what was in the wagon.
“I am going to go way down there” he pointed – some two miles away!
“I just came from the pier” some 1/2 to 1 mile back –
“This is harder than I thought”! he said. “The tires are too small”!
“But – I am here and I am going to do this for THE LOVE OF MY LIFE”!
You see – he had brought her here years ago – by themselves and had walked this very beach
together hand in hand so he said.
He said, ” She told me it was the best thing she ever had done in her life”!
She loved that day – no other day in her whole life compared to it.
Then – ten years ago she passed away and he was in a car accident.
He slowly walked once again – and that day he was going back –
pulling that wagon – he continued talking-
I have a generator in there that weighs 60 pounds and speakers!
I have two chairs and a small table – it is very heavy – but I will take a chair out and rest.
I wish I had different tires he said – bigger ones.
“I am going to set up that generator and speakers – my two chairs – one for her and one for me”!
” I have my smartphone with a playlist of all her favorite songs – I am going to blast it out there”
he said pointing to the ocean.
“I AM GOING TO PLAY THOSE SONGS FOR THE LOVE OF MY LIFE”!
“Yes sir – that is what I am going to do in the place that was the best day of her life”!
“Thank you for talking to me sir – God Bless you – I have to be on my way”! he said and turned away.
There goes love – true love – OLD MAN WALKING – FOR THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE!