The title of the story is a bit of a double-edged sword. You can take it literally, because the main character Samuel does indeed go for a walk in a city park at the end of the tale. But it’s also ironic. Samuel’s life has become very much not a walk in the park, not easy or pleasant, not a stroll through flowers and trees. Instead, the modern work ethic and being utterly divorced from nature have blighted his life, pushing him to the very limits of his endurance.
The story itself isn’t exactly a walk in the park either as you might have guessed by now! But I’m hoping it’s poignant and thought-provoking enough to be enjoyable. Here’s a little snippet to whet your appetites:
“…Samuel couldn’t remember the last time he’d left his desk for lunch, or walked to the local deli or felt the fresh air on his face. The air in the office was stale, recycled so often that every atom had died. Samuel’s nose and throat ached, and his eyes were red and tired. He missed the sunlight on the trees, and the simple joy of walking through the streets…”
Go here to find the rest of the story, which you can read for free. I hope you like it!