Friendly race

I’m not one to fill the space with a lot of talk or jabber — I’m really happy just sitting with someone in a companionable silence — there is something sublime and sweet about just BEing with someone you love.

I have a dear friend here who is the most amazing talker.

He goes on and on and on and on, as if he’s afraid he will run out of words and not be able to get all the news-about-himself out before they’re all gone.

Yesterday, on the way back from a little trip downtown, I interrupted his interminable talk-stream in mid-sentence. I held up my hand, and asked, “Are you allergic to silence?”

I wish you could have seen the look on his face — like he’d eaten soap, or something.

He was quiet the entire rest of the ten minute ride. When we parked, he turned to me and thanked me for a ‘wonderful conversation’!

I just about fell over laughing.

Looking perplexed, he said, “What?” And I just laughed harder.

When I could stop, I said, “Didn’t you notice you didn’t say a word for the last ten minutes?”

He was shocked!

“Really! I didn’t?” he asked.

“Really? I didn’t?!?”

Then it was his turn to laugh, and we laughed and laughed until our bellies hurt and tears flowed down our cheeks.


Thanks so much for reading my story. I hope it lit you up. Or maybe it inspired you, or gave you a new perspective with which to view and appreciate your own life. That’s my wish.


text and image © Angela Treat Lyon 2021–2

This story is from my book, INSIDE SECRETS, Stories I’ve Never Told Anyone, Volume II. Illustrated with artwork by Angela Treat Lyon.

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