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The Couple On The Street

Filed under: People Watching — Laura Moncur @ 5:38 am

I’m at lunch. I should be at the gym, but I’m sitting in my car at the park. I feel like I need to rest. I would like to say that I’m resting at the park, but I’m not. I’m writing tomorrow’s entry.

They are sitting under the pavilion on the metal picnic table. He is wearing a red trucker hat. She is wearing a jacket that is several sizes too big. It looks like it could have been a letterman’s jacket in another life. It has a black body with brown arms. What team has black and brown for their colors? None, I guess. She probably bought it at K-Mart.

She was hanging on to him like he was a raft.
We both agreed, we’d never be the couple on the street.
 – Jill Sobule, The Couple On The Street, 1995

Her hair is brown and French-braided. It is bound at the nape of her neck with a white Scunci. They are both wearing jeans. He is straddling the bench and she is between his legs. I catch them looking into my car at me. “Is she watching us?” “No, baby. Come closer.”

Like a still life of our worst fears. I love you so much. Won’t you tell me please
We’ll never be the couple on the street.
– Jill Sobule, The Couple On The Street, 1995

They are in love. The way they are talking and looking at each other, I can taste their love from twenty feet away. I feel a guilty pleasure watching them out of the corner of my eye. The tree above my car keeps dropping snow onto my windshield, obscuring my view. If I use the wipers to remove it, they’ll know that I am spying.

[I]t’s one year later I still don’t have an ending.
The inspiration left.
I guess we’ll never be the couple on the street. – Jill Sobule, The Couple On The Street, 1995

He kissed her. I can see the scruffiness on his chin and almost feel the scratching on my own face. They stand and she gives him the coat. Oh, I should have know. It was his coat. He lent it to her because she was cold. “I swear she’s looking at us.” “No, she’s just on her lunch or something.” He takes her in his arms and the two of them are wrapped in his black and brown coat while they walk away from me.



  1. I love your blog.

    I got tingles reading this. It reminded me of my boyfriend. :)

    Comment by Brooke — 11/9/2006 @ 10:05 am

  2. “No, baby. Come closer.” That is so adorable T_T! Aww! <33

    This is the first of your “people watching” entries that I read. (I read down a bit and then worked my way back up to this one xD) I was searching online for some tips for doing this. I really have never done people watched. I’m uncomfortable with having people watch me and I’m afraid if I sit in one place people watching that I might get people-watched too. Which is a ridiculous thing to be afraid of, but whatever. If it hurt the other people I wouldn’t do it, and if it doesn’t hurt them it shouldn’t hurt me. Sigh.

    Anyway, it’s things like THIS that make me so anxious to do it! I love this little clip of someone’s life. It’s precious. And I like it from your POV. I want to do some entries like this too, so I think I’ll go ahead and people watch the next time I’m out. :)

    Comment by CTP — 9/5/2009 @ 11:21 am

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