Coffee Shop Therapist

The two women sat facing opposite each other over their cappuccinos in the coffee shop. They were surrounded by the usual assortment of customers. People using it as their office with laptops and mobiles on the go, mothers meeting up whilst their children sleep in their pushchairs and office workers going for their caffeine hit to keep them going

The younger woman was bemoaning her usual bad luck with the latest man to walk out on her and how her life was a complete disaster. She stared into her cup as she spoke about how she just never seemed to be able to find Mr Right. How she always seems to fall for the wrong types. How she wished she could stop making the wrong decisions with her choices in life

The older woman smiled and listened patiently with the look of someone who had heard the same stories time and time again from her friend. She nodded politely, gently touched her friend’s hand at the right times and drank her coffee; her face was the picture of empathy. She had the appearance of being just the person you would tell your problems to and wait for her to dispense her wisdom and advice

The younger woman said that she should have listened to her friend when she asked her last time about what she thought she should do. She wished she could just take people’s advice and act upon it instead of just paying lip service to it. He finished by saying she was at her wits end and did not know what she should do next. She looked at her friend as she finished the last of her drink as if waiting for some more worldly advice

Her older friend leant forward and squeezed both of her hands in her own

‘I think you need to get out more love and renew your subscription to the human race’

She let go of her friends hands, kissed her on the cheek and made her way out of the increasingly busy shop

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