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23.11.22

A PATH MUCH TRAVELLED

 

A PATH MUCH TRAVELLED

Jose and Juanita went up the hill, via the chalk path which had been worn deep by generations of courting couples in search of a warm, secluded hollow.

 

Juanita’s mother watched them, her arms stilled in soap-suds. Twenty years ago she’d climbed that same path with her boyfriend, and consequently her dreams of escaping her home town had been shattered. She returned to her chores, praying that Juanita would be more careful.

 

Jose’s father, on his boat in the bay, smiled at remembered passion before returning to his nets, hoping the boy would remember to use a condom.

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There are precipitous paths in many places, and this reminded me of one I saw in La Gomera - one of the Canary Islands. That path was a farmer's only access to the road and thence to market, and consisted entirely of steps. It gave me vertigo just looking down from the road!

Thanks to Sandra Crook for the photo, and to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers on her blog  https://rochellewisoff.com/  PS Happy Anniversary, Rochelle and Jan W-F.


22 comments:

  1. The cycle repeats. Or maybe not

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    1. Pregnancy avoidance is easier these days, but hot blood can still make one forget!

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  2. Aw, it doesn't sound like Mum and Dad are too regretful! The staircase to market intrigued me - I can't image the farmer was able to bring a huge quantity of wares!

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    1. There were fruit trees, vegetables, pigs and chickens, but it made me dizzy just looking down the slope!

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  3. You can only hope. And prepare for the worst.

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    1. Me, Sandra. Just so you know I came by. :)

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    2. Thanks x

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  4. In 20 years time, Jose and Juanita may be having similar thoughts!

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    1. It's certainly possible!

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  5. As parents, they just have to let them go and live theiur lives, but can't help but hope they don't make the same mistakes!

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    1. They should have had 'that' conversation before now!

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  6. LA Gomera, is a fascinating island, thanking you for recalling it to my mind

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    1. It is wonderful, though driving on those roads is a challenge.

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  7. History has a habit of repeating itself.

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  8. Dear Liz,

    One can only hope Jose and Juanita break the cycle, but I don't know if I hold out much hope.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Hot Spanish blood takes over!

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  9. The young have a hard time imagining that their parents were ever young and full of passion. Or that anything will come of their own passion.

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    1. They don't want to imagine it!

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  10. I like the feeling of continuity here. Also, that the parents are still watching out for their offspring in an unobtrusive way.

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