Friday, November 4, 2011
Two young women are sitting on the steps, sipping their Starbuck's Frappucino and enjoying a moist chocolate chip muffin. The sun is out and the place is getting more crowded. Pigeons are picking at a leftover brownie. Both women are chitchatting. Most bystanders have no clue what they are talking about, since they are babbling in some other language.
A man with an umbrella is watching over them. He's very quiet and every time those women are on Pioneer Square, he's there.
Discussing the contents of their goody bags from Nordstrom, both women keep their eyes on the other guests on the square. Interesting people, colorful crowd. Every now and then, they spot Europeans. They are not hard to find..
Sitting on the steps cools down their bottoms, but they don't seem to notice. They are having a good time on this lazy Saturday morning. This outing has become a weekly habit. It's great to watch people and comment whoever passes by.
We were very aware other people-watchers were doing the same thing. I miss Marloes. I miss her Dutch character and her bright laughter. We had a wonderful time together. She's doing well. Every now and then we get in touch. My time in Portland, Oregon would not have been the same without her or Pioneer Square..