Henry was certain that after his wife died, he’d wind up as just another old man, a grouch that no one wanted to be around. He didn’t want that to happen to him, so he decided to put together a list of what he needed to do to avoid that fate.
At the top of his list was to find himself a winsome younger woman, figuring that someone like that would motivate him to stay in shape, make him happy, and enable him to lead a vigorous life.
Next on his list was to find a hobby, one that could keep him busy, especially one that he could share with his winsome younger woman. Something that would engage them both in mind and body.
Third on his list was for him and his winsome younger woman to find a place by the sea where they could live and work together on their shared hobby.
Alas, Henry soon learned that checking off the items on his list was not going to be a walk in the park. Henry was, in fact, old, rather unattractive, and a bit of a grouch. Finding a winsome younger woman who wanted to spend quality time with him was easier said than done.
Henry was also having trouble finding a hobby that engaged him enough to keep at it for more than a few weeks. He just didn’t have the patience, and that made him even more of a grouch.
And when Henry saw how expensive it would be to buy a even a modest home by the sea, he knew he’d never be able to afford such a place.
Depressed, disheartened, and despondent, Henry was sitting on a bench at a local, municipal park, when a large black bird with shiny, raven-colored wings alighted on the same bench that Henry was sitting on. Henry looked at the black bird, sighed, and asked aloud, “Will I ever find happiness again?”
Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”
Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (certain), The Daily Spur (grouch), Your Daily Word Prompt (list), Word of the Day Challenge (winsome), My Vivid Blog (hobby), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (sea), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (nevermore).