Shopkeeper

In my neighborhood is a shop where it says “Viswinkel” on the window. Meaning “Fish shop”. You can buy lighters, cutlery, bags, tajines everything you could think of but fish, it so seems, in this shop.

Most of the days the shop is closed but on some days when the sun is out the shopkeeper opens up the doors puts his goods outside on the sidewalk.

Then the shopkeeper puts out two chairs on the sidewalk and he sits with his wife outside in the sun drinking tea and doing crossword puzzles together. He is from Moroccan descent she is Dutch.

Today he is alone without his wife. Maybe he didn’t feel like putting out the chairs when she is not there, he is sitting on a street post catching the last rays of sunlight in the beginning of autumn.