Holiday Stress, Men, Death and Menstruation

Metal smashed against air and the air was forced beneath and so the metal lifted. There was a shudder in the plane, someone gasped, a baby cried and I watched the ground disappear. The flying tin reached 10,000ft and as they all sucked frantically on boiled sweets I cracked my jaw and released the pressure in the Eustachian tube. They believe if they can’t hear then no one else can. A woman in front stressed to her husband (and I got the idea that it wasn’t the first time) that she wasn’t happy about leaving her seriously ill Mum. He on the other hand was insistent that everyone needed a holiday. At 35,000ft the young girl opposite me and her boyfriend looked like they were worth tuning into. She required the toilet, he was appalled that he had to move, ‘why couldn’t she wait?’ She explained that her period had started, he turned away and I saw the expression on his face. If I hadn’t heard the conversation then I would have presumed she had just told him that she intended to remove his testicles with a pair of nail clippers while he slept. He stood up. ‘Go on then!’

She looked smaller now, and most apologetic. It flashed through my mind to explain that his girlfriend was a human and not a shagging machine to be abused when it’s out of order, but realised he had that, ‘head on’ and I would be wasting my time.

What happens if she takes a turn for the worse? Or dies?!’ Asked the woman in front. To which her husband explained he was neither a Dr, Paramedic or an undertaker, so her mom was in safe hands. Oh dear, I thought probably not the best reply. When we landed there was a certain amount of frostiness in the air. Mr Boyfriend was very unhappy that the first four days or so of his holiday was going to be sexless and poorly mother-in-law man realised he wasn’t going to get any peace for two weeks.

It was a week later when, laid by the pool, Mr Boyfriend returned from the bar, gave his girlfriend a Pina Colada, stroked her hair and kissed her shoulder. “Aww look at that,” said my partner, “So sweet.”

“She’s probably just finished her period,” I said.

“God, you’re so cynical.”

I smiled. Later when we came down for dinner the lady with the sick mom and her husband were at reception, she was in tears and he looked quite guilty.

“I wonder what’s going on there?” Asked my partner.

“Her mom’s probably died,” I said.

“God you’re so horrible,”she said.

“I know,” but smiled to myself.

Feeling a little melancholy and disappointed with certain members of the human race (you guessed 😉) But anyway I had a great holiday in Greece, and some lovely early morning runs 😀

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About charliecountryboy

Carpenter and Carpentry Lecturer. Writer, 5k and 10k runner, musician. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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37 Responses to Holiday Stress, Men, Death and Menstruation

  1. Satur-YAY! Charlie’s back!

    Great writing friend. You made me see those people and feel those emotions.

    You are a very good observationist.

    Which if it isn’t a word, it ought to be.

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  2. Brockelman says:

    Wonderful—this may be one of your best. So visual. Emotionally rich. And clever.

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  3. Beautiful images.. I am sure u must have enjoyed the serenity of the place..

    And so true when we don’t know about the exact situation of the other person we react just the way we want..

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  4. Sharply observed, good ear-wigging!

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  5. Exceptional story, Charlie. With that sarcasm, are you sure you don’t have a little New York in you? Thanks for once again putting ‘pen to paper’!
    Barbara

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  6. Therese Work says:

    Witty cynicism I likey. 🙂

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  7. Ellen says:

    Lovely post, Charlie. I must say, you are a really good observer. 😁 Lovely pictures! 💛

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  8. Lovely sunny Mediterranean.. So much easier to run in the sunshine.. 😉

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  9. ChecheWinnie says:

    “God you’re so horrible,”she said.

    “I know,” but smiled to myself.

    It’s clear the holiday hasn’t made you sweeter. We missed this, thanks for the lovely post

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  10. Pleasant, ironic, enjoyable story

    😉

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  11. This made me laugh so much and shed a tear for the poor lady about her mum. Pictures look truly great though 😁 told you I’d be onto you. 😂

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  12. Loving the pics man. Great story

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  13. Great piece of writing ✍️ awesome description & also, fun to read! 🕺🕺

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  14. K E Garland says:

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who eavesdrops on everyone’s convo. My family is always telling me to “mind my business,” but I let them know it makes for good writing! Glad you’re back and happy to know you had a great vacation…and happy belated birthday?

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  15. Watt says:

    I cant believe this didn’t show up on my reader!!!
    You are indeed an exceptional story teller, Charlie! This was a pleasure to read.

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  16. Good observation skills and proof that being cynical is more fun than empathy. 🙂

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