Cecelia and Cecil sat every evening on their adjacent balconies watching the world go by as the sun was setting. They had been doing this for years. They were very happy that both had survived the long years. With failing bodies they were quite delighted that they could spend their remaining days this way. The world had, of course, continually changed over the years, and the two were quite aware of this. They had grown to be almost one mind and one voice over the years - so it didn’t really matter who said what, especially when it came to passers-by on the path in front of their balconies.
“Just look at those two over there”, said Cecelia to Cecil.
”She’s behaving like a bad princess, and he like a sad hero.”
“The woman must think the whole world is watching her wonderfulness the way she throws back her head.”
“She looks as if she is posing for a thousand flashlights from the entire world press photographers.”
“She must have told the man that he must bow down and adore her because she is such a precious personality”.
“Do you think that she spends her entire life thinking that she is someone that she is really not?”
“I understand from the comments of our other neighbors that there are thousands of such wanna-be-famous creatures filing past every day.
“Such seem to think they are the inheritors of the nobility of the human race, that is the neighbors opinion!”
“They have no modesty because they have no sense of true self -- they really think that the world had waited for them.”
“They have no shame because they have no understanding!”
”They have been so educated by their parents, their friends and the social media to believe that they are indeed the blessed.”
“Some even believe that they have been awarded these blessings by the Almighty himself!”
“The man is not much better. He is puffing up his chest and throwing his head back as if he were at a beauty competition”.
“If he had a peacock’s tail he probably would be inflating it by now.”
“I wonder what he is thinking about?”
“It seems clear to me that his testosterone is coursing through his veins, and he wants to pair!”
“Are all young couples like that? It seems to me that some are more contained, some are more modest.”
“Our neighbors said that they thought that the modesty of the young has all but disappeared. Apparently the world has become all bravado and bluff with no need for thought out beliefs behind the actions of today!”
“But they are so young! What can life hold for them if the bubble bursts when people are in their early twenties?”
“Just look at that mother with her two daughters coming from over there!”
“The ones all dressed the same way?”
“Exactly the ones dressed like the obsessed ones in the fairy tales!”
“The daughters are junior clones of the mother, and none of them are attractive.”
“But they are also behaving like royalty, and the mother like an empress”.
“If they continue that way they will fall down the staircase!”
“Do you think if that happened they would come back from the clouds down to Earth?”
“Even if the prince comes, what will he see?”
“It is hard to imagine that the prince would see the same world as the ugly sisters!”
“Unless he was educated as the macho hero who went by with the princess a few minutes ago”
“Goodness me, we must be getting old!”
“It is nice to see that old woman on the right being helped along by her son.”
“I think she must be quite deaf judging by the way he is shouting at her!”
“He really is not quite that nice to tell her that she is a burden and a drain on his resources.”
“Not pleasant at all, such behavior!”
“Look perhaps that’s his wife or her daughter just joining them. She at least does not look so disgruntled!”
“The old woman has clearly relaxed a bit. Hopefully they will find peace!”
“That’s nice to see how that boy looks after his dog.”
“Do you mean the dog that is limping along?”
“Yes, the boy is carefully leading him, not pulling him too fast like that group over there.”
“Do you mean the two families with the two dogs on the right?”
“Yes but the small boy and girl on the right are quite mean to their two dogs.”
“Quite depressing to see that the adults allow their children to hit their pets with sticks.”
“Thank goodness that the policeman has seen it.”
“There is also a policewoman coming from the left.”
“Not before time!”
“At least the police have told the children to stop beating their dogs!”
“Quite amazing what happens in front of us just before sunset!” said Cecelia to Cecil.
After sorting out the families mistreating their dogs, the two police officers paused close to the balconies where the two old gorillas were still sitting.
Looking up at Cecelia and Cecil, one officer said to the other, “I often wonder what the gorillas think about the activities of humans in front of their cages?”
The other officer replied, ”When I look at the gorillas I often think that their behavior is much more civilized than ours.”
The police officers waved at the two gorillas sitting on their adjacent balconies in front of their zoo cages watching the world go by as the sun was setting.
Cecelia and Cecil waved back, both smiling, but reserving their comments for themselves.