New Perspective

It was during a walk in the park that she first saw him. He was laying with his back on the ground and his feet on a bench. Curiosity won over weirdness, and she walked over to him.

“What are you doing?” she asked.

He didn’t look at her. “Just getting a fresh look on things.”

“Seriously?”

“Sure. It helps to look at the world from a different angle now and then.”

“Helps what?”

“Helps me imagine new things, gives me new insights on old problems.” He looked at her with a wry smile. “And it seems to freak people out a little.”

“So you do this just to get attention?”

“No. Not really. I really do just like thinking about the world upside down. Most people don’t come anywhere near me. In fact, you’re the first person to talk to me when I’ve been out here.”

He went back to staring at the sky. She looked at him for a minute. It only took her that long to make up her mind. She laid down on the ground and put her feet on the bench, too.

“Huh.” The tops of the trees upside down against the blue sky looked both familiar and new. He rolled his head to his right, looked at her with some surprise.

“You come out here regularly?” she asked.

“Yeah.”

“When’s the next time you’ll be here?”

“Tomorrow. It’s supposed to be sunny again.”

She smiled at him. “I’ll be sure to be here.” Then she went back to looking at the world from her new perspective.

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