The Yellow Chair
A Gypsie, a bear and the Rabbis daughter More
In an alley way behind old houses lies a story.
Fall 1969, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Pa.
A old pick up truck sits on cement blocks. No tires and it is raised from the ground.
There is a old camper shell that is on the back of the truck. A light is on inside the camper shell. Inside is a brown Russian bear named Coco and a young man Dominic that is reading a book on gypsy magic.
The young man is very handsome, long dark hair, a scuffled beard. As the young man is reading his book inside the make shift room in the camper. The bear is snoring.
At the other side of the alley is a garbage truck. It is early Saturday morning and the cans of garbage are lined up for pick up.
As the truck comes around the corner of the ally, churning and banging making loud noises. It hits the camper truck and knocks the truck off the cement blocks it was sitting on. The back door of the camper flies open, the loud noises wakes up the bear and he runs out the door. Squealing and making frightening sounds. The young man in his underwear rushes out of the truck and chases after the bear.
The sun is rising and people are appearing early on the streets of this little town. Squirrel Hill, a small town filled mostly with immigrants from Europe and Asia. Bakeries, butcher shops, vegetable markets a barber shop and Chinese restaurant. Saturdays, most shops and restaurants on the street are closed. It's a Jewish day of rest.
There are many rabbis going to shule to pray and enjoy a day of rest. Most people are with their families.
As one such family is walking in progression. First the father, Rabbi Moskovits dressed in black with a fur hat, then follows the two sons also dressed in black wearing fur hats, his wife and daughters also follow. And last, the youngest teenage daughter named Anny lingers behind.
Anny is startled by a bear running passed her. Then the young man who is trying to catch his bear running in his underwear crashes into the young girl. He knocks her over. Their eyes meet. Embarrassed as he is in his underwear he runs away. But not before he falls in love with her. His heart felt a beat as he looked into her green blue eyes. As if their worlds had collided and nothing mattered between them. As though life became slow motion. As he ran away, he looked back to catch a glimpse. With a pain in his heart, he wanted to go back to her. He kept running away. Coco the bear was also running, but in the opposite direction.