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bob & pat have been coming into my work everyday for the past five years. they’re in their mid to late 80s and two of the sweetest people i’ve ever met.
bob is almost completely deaf with some serious heart conditions. pat is constantly sick or injured due to a weak immune system. i find them both to be quite mentally disconnected from the world around them.
they both come in holding hands everyday around 3pm, bob get’s a veggie sandwich while pat would typically get chicken soup or a pasta of sorts. when they’re both feelin’ it, they’ll share a pizza. they always get two decaf coffees as well.
they think my name is tommy. i tried correcting them twice, but then i just gave up. they introduced me to their daughter from the states as tommy, so i just went with it. it was the first time i’ve ever introduced myself (seriously) to someone using a different name. it felt bizarre.
they have a very unique love story. they were both married to two different people for 30-40 years with multiple children. bob was a boat maker while pat was a stay at home mother. she told me once that she gave birth to her first child completely alone in her car, unable to get a hold of her husband or anybody.
you see, the thing was, bob was pat’s brother in law. she told me that she almost fell in love as soon as she first met him while she was engaged to marry his brother. bob married another woman and raised his own family.
i’m not sure exactly how it happened, but after 30 years of marriage to other people and multiple children who then had grandchildren, they finally connected, got married and lived in thailand for 5 years on a boat.
i look at them now and see the truest definition of love, in my opinion. they hold hands as they both waddle in, bob stands up everytime she has to leave for the washroom, pat read’s the menu to bob even though he can’t hear, bob always pays, etc…
they have this strong connection with amy, the 50 year old chinese chef (my chinese mother) they bring presents for her and her family and constantly say that she’s in their prayers. its rather sweet because amy doesn’t understand english well at all and bob & pat can barely understand anything amy says either.
bob is supposed to have open heart surgery this month. he already had one a year ago. pat is worried. so am i.
more frequently, there have been days when they won’t show up at all. on those days i always think the worst.
i thought that i should capture them before it’s too late.
they didn’t even notice my camera at all.
"Clair De Lune" by Les Baxter