Walking the two blocks to the IGA on the corner of Darlinghurst Road, had been a daily ritual for Doris since she fled to The Cross in the early ‘50s. She cared not whether the shingle said IGA, Permewans or Franklins, because the small grocery store was located next to the TAB. Doris had picked up a few minor vices over the years, the gee-gees, smoking and a good gossip.
She loved this walk through the grimy streets even though homeless men littered doorways and set up camps in bus shelters. Live and let live was her motto. She was well known in her neighbourhood after a life-time of walking the streets. She “retired” when she turned 65, got her Senior’s Card and her pension and the nice people down at the Housing Commission allowed her to stay in her one-bedder just off Ward Street.
For Doris, life was sweet.
A member of the Theme Thursday community