The Hugging Stairway


Every week on the way to my office on campus I pass the most endearing sight: a man and a woman sitting on the stairs, eating lunch and hugging. The world speeds by around them during their coinciding lunch break and they so happy in their tiny little bubble.

From what I can tell, they work as groundskeepers or janitors for the university. I sometimes hear them whispering to each other in Spanish while the man strokes the woman’s hair. Whenever I see them I want to stop and watch them for awhile, if only reaffirm my faith in humanity and the positive power of love.

I tried in vain to find a picture that would capture their quiet devotion to each other but every picture of couples hugging or snuggling on stairways seemed so plastic compared to them.

I hope I see them today.

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