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Day at the Park and a Lesson Learned

A Short Story by Debbie Adams

Susan lived all alone and didn’t really have any friends since she just moved there a month ago. This morning she was feeling rather cooped up and lonely in her tiny apartment. She decided it was time to get out, and go for a walk in the nearby park to feed the ducks. She walked into her kitchen, grabbed a half eaten loaf of bread, then headed out the door.

When she arrived at the park she walked straight to the duck pond, but none of the ducks were around. She hesitated for a moment then sat down on the nearest park bench, broke up all the bread into little crumbs and fed them to the birds. As soon as the birds ate up all the bread crumbs, they flew away.

“Sigh, now what?  I’m out of bread, and all the birds have flown away. I don’t want to go back to my apartment yet. I have all evening and night to sit there by myself. I guess I’ll just walk around the park for a while.” she thought to herself.

Just as Susan was about to get up a gentlemen sat down beside her to rest from jogging.

“Sigh, why do I always over-do it,” he said, as he was trying to catch his breath.

“Over-do what?” she asked.

“Jogging,” he said, “I always try to push myself to jog a little further each day, but then over do it every time.” He replied with a chuckle.

She laughed.

The two of them began to talk with each other. She learned his name is Brian, and was glad she had stayed a moment longer or wouldn’t have met him.

“So what brings you to this park on this fine day,” he asked.

“I was feeding the birds, but now they’ve all flown away. The least they could have done was stick around for a while since I fed them.” She protested with a giggle.

“What kind of bread was it?” he asked.

“Just plain white bread.”

“Oh, well then, there is where you went wrong. You have to give them something with more substance so they don’t fly away looking for more to eat. Next time try Whole wheat with raisins, or Multigrain, the one with all the seeds in it.  Those would fill the birds up.” He explained to her.

“I never really thought about making sure the birds felt satisfied when they were done eating before. Maybe I’ll just bring them a full loaf of my white bread next time.” She said.

“Don’t tell me you eat white bread?” he asked with curiosity.

“Yes, I do, why? She replied with a slight defense.

He replied, “There’s no substance to white bread. The next time you shop for bread give the white bread a little pinch, and notice that it does not spring back. Then go to one of the better breads like Whole wheat or Multigrain bread and give one of those a pinch. You’ll notice that either one of those breads will spring back after you pinch them. They spring back because they have substance to them. In other words the bread is real and has life to it. The white bread is made with  processed flour, therefore has no life. It’s full of empty calories and will leave you feeling hungry sooner than either of the other breads. I could go on with a long list of  reasons why white bread is bad for you.”

“That’s okay, I’ll take your word for it. I didn’t expect to come to the park and get and education on bread, but am glad I did, Brian.” She said with a smile.

He smiled back, “It’s lunch time, would you like to join me at the local deli for a sandwich made with some Whole wheat bread?” he asked, “It would be my treat of course.”

She replied,

“I’d like that, Brian.”

© Debbie Adams 2013

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  1. Lovely and heartwarming story Deb, and you know what? taking Bess for walks I used to take white bread for the crows in the Woods , but I’ve since learned that it’s the worst thing for them, as it fills their stomachs and gives them no goodness, so their energy becomes low. Just as Brian says. wholewheat is best, for us and them. So I’ll just head off with Brian and Susan, and have a wholesome sandwich. 🙂 love and hugs xPenx

    • White bread is bad for all of us with a long list of whys.
      I think I’ll join you! 🙂
      Hugs a plenty!

      • Binky

         /  June 28, 2013

        That is why I never eat white bread and always eat doughnuts instead.

        • Haha, I guess if you going to kill yourself with bad food it may as well be doughnuts instead of plain old white (poisonous) bread. 😉 🙂
          Hugs xxx

  2. Very sweet story, Deb, and a good lesson in between. I think the last time I ate white bread was when I was a little kid! 🙂 Happy Weekend, my friend! Hugs a plenty, too! xoxo

    • That’s just about when I had my last piece of white bread too, Lauren.
      Glad you liked the story…thank you!
      Have a great weekend!
      Love and hugs xxx

  3. It looks like Susan won’t be alone for too
    much longer, which is nice, as a life without
    anyone to share it with is a sad thought 🙂

    I hope that you will be
    adding more to this story
    Deb, and thank you for
    such a pleasant read 🙂

    Andro xxxx

    • Yes, she met someone and he seems to be good for her. Looks like he saved her from the perils of white bread too.
      Maybe I will do that eventually, Andro. Thank you for that encouragement too.
      I’m glad you like it! 🙂
      Hugs a plenty! xxx

  4. I prefer 50/50 or granary brown bread when I can get it! 😛

    The white bread they offer these days is just junk… 😦

    Love and hugs!


    • White bread is very bad for you. 😉
      Have a great weekend, my friend!
      Love and hugs xxx

  5. Binky

     /  June 28, 2013

    What, no killing or poisoning? I thought Brian was going to be a murderer or something.

    • Good, I surprised you!
      However, if I continue this story I have no idea yet where I will take it. 😉
      Hugs a plenty! xxx

  6. A delightful story Deb, looks like its heading to a romantic ending.

    • I hope it works out for her. She started out lonely, and now she met someone who seems to be good for her.
      Thank you, Ian!

  7. Love the story Deb! It’s a complete 180 from your dark side, which I also totally love!
    Though…I can’t help but wonder, where would shadow Deb take this story to, if she were to take over from where it left off?
    Wouldn’t that be interesting to know? (hint! hint!) LOL!

    • I can’t give you a hint since I myself don’t know yet.
      I’m glad you like the story and will consider continuing it some day.
      Thank you, Shree!

  8. A Story ! I love it Deb 🙂 xo xo xo C

  9. A lovely meeting of friends begins over a discussion about bread 🙂 I like it, Deb!

  10. maybe I’m sentimental but I love birds and remember my gma would teach me to feed them grain bread~you made me cry. There’s a spiritual lesson here regarding good & healthy friendships.

    • Birds like the grain in bread. It’s good for them and helps satisfy them.
      I’m glad I caused you to think of you gma
      Thanks, Deborah!

  11. I like white bread if I have a cold sandwich, but can have others if it’s toasted. My favorite toasted is rye. 🙂 Cute story Deb. xo

    • I love rye toast too, Wendy! I even like to make toasted grill cheese sandwiches with it for a quick bite to eat.
      Thanks Wendy!

  12. maybe it’s a ham sandwich , a thick ham, with plenty of mayo.

  13. One never knows what they’ll learn at the park. Great story.

  14. I bake a lot of my own bread, but when we buy bread and we have some left over its always destined for the park to feed the ducks.. Poor things.. .. Loved that little story Deb.. I wonder if Romance will blossom in the Deli ??? …

    Enjoy your weekend Deb… Oh and Happy 4th of July…. over there.. xxxx


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