“I’ve decided it’s time for a new personal philosopher/mantra,” Aaron announced after he took a sip of his Snapple.
It was Sunday, and per usual, the best friends were seated on their favorite bench next to the river. It was a gorgeous June morning, and their view was like something out of a postcard.
“What was wrong with the current one? Too negative?” Holly quipped with a smile that lit up her beautiful face.
She nodded in understanding and then took a drink of her coffee.
“Remind me what the current one was please…”
“Go away!” he replied without missing a beat. “I really liked that one because it worked on multiple levels. Not only did it warn away people, but it also reminded me to get the hell out of any situation that wasn’t me safe and sound at home in my bunker far from anyone else.”
Holly simply shook her head.
“If I had known you back in grammar school, my parents wouldn’t have allowed me to be friends with you,” Holly commented. “They would have feared you’d grow up to be a serial killer.”
Now Aaron nodded.
“Of course, I didn’t become a serial killer,” he pointed out. “Once again, I’ve failed to live up to parental expectations. A theme with which I am most certainly familiar.”
Holly giggled. “You wound up being more Al Bundy than Ted Bundy, so my parents weren’t really that far off. Hit me with your new philosophy.”
Aaron smiled and turned to face her. “I’m glad you’re sitting down for this because it’s amazing. People equal pain. The cool part is that the acronym is PEP, which sounds positive, but it’s the total opposite.”
“As Alanis would say: Isn’t it ironic?” Holly proposed.
“Don’t you think?” Aaron replied with a smirk.
For a moment, it seemed like the best friends were waiting for the other to break into song, but the moment passed without any crooning.
“That’s a philosophy that surely suits you, but it makes me sad that you believe it to be true,” she admitted with a sigh. “After all, I consider myself to be people, but I’d like to think I don’t bring you any pain…”
Without any warning, and because they shared some sort of bizarre telepathic link that scientists have yet to be able to explain, the synchronized singing began. And it was in perfect harmony.
It’s like rain on your wedding day…
A free ride when you already paid…
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take…
And who would’ve thought? It figures…
Once the signing ended, they each took a long sip of their drink of choice.
“My parents definitely would’ve been right to warn me away from you, regardless of how pretty your singing voice is,” Holly made clear.
“Hopefully, that would have fallen under the heading of “good advice that you just didn’t take”.
Holly rolled her eyes and turned her attention to the river.
Not at all ironically, the author would like to credit Alanis Morissette for the lyrics of her song “Ironic”.