By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
A booming business is being done in benches, it seems.
Just this month, spiffy new benches were installed in the transit strip outside Niagara College’s main entrance.
I tried one out. Gosh, they’re comfy!
Maybe the others weren’t quite so.
Parks are great places to park benches. Trouble is, they’re not as well used as they could be.
Why is that? I think it may be the times we live in. People are more apt to be in a hurry these days than they are to sit down on a park bench and enjoy the view.
I find benches enticing, which is why I sit down on them every now and then and watch the world go by. How relaxing is that!
But the more I think about it, the more I am inclined to think benches are largely ignored.
It seems most benches are almost always empty.
They are there for aesthetics more so than function.
But you and I know both know what would happen if a bench wasn’t in its place one day.
Sooner or later someone would say: “Why is there no bench here?. We need a bench on this street corner!”
So, even though many benches are not well used, try and go without them. I dare you. Sit and think about it for a while. On a bench, of course.
(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. Welland Snaps appears weekly on the blog.)