It started around 2002 when I encountered the Secret Bench of Knowledge outside of the National Library and Archives building on Wellington Street, Ottawa.
Benches offer a place to rest your feet, legs and back. They offer a place to sit down and eat that quick sandwich, poutine or to chat with a friend or make a new acquaintance. They offer a place to sit quietly, to observe the scenery and to contemplate your status in Life.
Sadly, they are often the last option as a place for the homeless to sleep.
Updated by T.A. Jamone sometime in February 2021 hosted at NCF, my community ISP.
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