A short trip, curiosity and genuinely nice people open eyes to the past and hearts to the present – all from the counter of a country drug store.
I was slipping on my shoes when I heard heavy breaths, and grunts. I flew out of the tent. Dad was lying on his back beside the fire. I kneeled down. His chest rose and fell twice and stopped. I pushed on his chest and then punched it, but he was gone.
My childhood Sundays of white linen-clad tables abundant with food and wine; adults with kids on their laps, laughing and talking for hours are long gone. Modern life, with shopping and working available at all hours also has our families spread around the world with little time to visit.
It may be, I’m an acquired taste… maybe, I should just shut up and listen. Okay. Yet, some people try to coverup a multitude of sins by saying, “It’s just business.” However, as Scrooge was reminded, mankind is our business – nothing else.
I thrust my ticket at the volunteer and headed for the facilities, only to find that there was one single washroom at which a small line had already formed. It was big, lovely, and fully accessible—the kind with a button to open the door and another one to lock it. But it was the only one.
Students moving into residence in January are not greeted with the enthusiasm that’s offered in September; there are no welcome events or free barbeques.
The centipede always waited until I was home alone to show itself. One night I was sitting on my yoga mat on the basement floor and had a thought: What if that centipede is here somewhere? Seconds later it appeared, right on cue.
Have you ever thought about how money is created? Or how some modern banks started? Is the value of money based on something real, like gold? Would it frighten you if money was created out of thin air?
The milk spilled across the table and all over the floor. Its white stain splashed outward and became a ghostly firework there beside the toes of his shoes, which barely scraped the old hardwood floors so used to absorbing these accidents.
The war is over, but the danger still exists. A child soldier is captured, but then through ingenuity and luck, manages to survive and carry on.