Monday, 20 September 2010

Other peoples' lives

One of the things I love is the serendipity which arises from casual use of language. I saw this in a supermarket small ad this weekend:

One pram for sale. Ex-con used once.

Delightful. What a backstory. Why did an ex-con use it just once? Was it his getaway vehicle? Was he caught? Or did he go straight after using it for one final job, wheeling away ingots of gold wrapped up in a baby-gro?

Or perhaps 'ex-con' means 'excellent condition'. In which case, a much sadder tale unfolds. Why use a pram only once unless death, adoption or social services or some other separation intervene?

1 comment:

Ewarwoowar said...

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.