Near my house is a beautiful waterfall that is the ideal place to contemplate life’s unanswered questions. There is a bench for sitting and even a table that can be used for a picnic or a great spot for a laptop. After a hectic morning, I decided to head over there and take some time to discover at least one answer to many questions.
The spot is about a fifteen-minute walk from the parking lot. The air was crisp for Texas, which meant it was in the 70s, so I took up a healthy stride and covered the distance in sixteen and a half minutes. (The senior citizen Olympic rate) Upon arriving on-site, I was taken back to see a family of four had taken up the table and the bench. There was no room for contemplation, let alone peace.
I turned to leave when I heard one of the kids yell about something in the sky. My eyes followed his point (his mama needs to talk to him later about pointing), and several opened parachutes were heading for the park. I knew this would not be just a simple skydiving club exercise, so I began my Q-tip shuffle toward the entrance.
Of course, one of the divers landed in front of me, blocking my exit. I decided to get into a Kung Foo stance to let him know I’m not just an over the hill, bag of bones pushover. The level of laughter coming from the diver was infectious. I couldn’t help myself, so I joined in. He then reached out and handed me an envelope. Expecting some kind of trick, I took it with two fingers. He laughed some more, and as he turned to leave, I caught sight of the patch on his shoulder. I initially thought it was a USPS patch, but I was wrong. The blue and gold Navy Seal Team Six patch told me my Kung Foo ruse was indeed laughable.
I opened the letter, and you are right. It was from Linda Hill.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “near/far.” Use “near,” use “far,” use them both if you’d like. In fact, if you start your post with one and end with the other, you get bonus points! Enjoy!
If you would like to enjoy, visit Linda Hill’s blog and read how easy it is. Here is the link.
Who knows? That link could get you far.
*The sound of the register racking up those bonus points *
Near/Far by John W. Howell © 2021
“Near time to hit the bar.”
“What’s the hurry?”
“You almost took the whole morning with that prologue.”
“You like it I can tell.”
“How can you tell?”
“You have a smile on your lips.”
“Maybe it’s gas. You don’t know.”
“Well, anyway, the prompt is done.”
“As are most of your readers.”
“Oh, come on. It’s not that bad.”
“Says the guy who has no life whatsoever.”
“That’s not true.”
“What do you do for fun?”
“What do you do to relax?”
“What do you do on vacation?”
“The prosecution rests.”
“Let’s hit the beer garden.”
“Beer garden? Where did that come from?”
“A story I’m writing.”
“Let’s go. Unless you would rather not. If so, I’ll go myself.”
“Since I’m buying.”
“Without me, you won’t get far.”
A note from the management. *cha-ching on bonus points.