Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday. This week’s prompt is “beside you”. Write about whatever is beside you when you read this prompt. Not when you sit down to write, but whatever is beside you right now. Take note of it if you think you might forget. Enjoy!
It’s Saturday morning and the first time I log into my blog in a couple of days. It has been a crazy week. Our whole team is working from home and it has been so busy. I am not complaining. We all have jobs for now, though we have been told this may change.
I set my breakfast down and reach for my tablet before sitting down to enjoy it. I go to Linda’s page, see the prompt and look over to my plate, filled with beautiful, colorful fruit, French bread and a hunk of cheese. It’s stereotypically French and immediately reminds me of our trip to France, where we stayed with my daughter’s in-laws a few years ago. We had never met before and they were wonderful, gracious hosts. It also reminds me that I bought the tablecloth, with its bright blue and yellow colours of Provence on that trip. I remember our host trying to hide his disapproval as I went to pay for it. I bought it in a tourist shop and he knew I was over paying. So did I, but I didn’t care. I fell in love with it and didn’t mind paying a little extra to bring home a sweet reminder of the trip.
Our hosts lived in Agde and they took us to different surrounding towns every day. We saw Sète, Pezenas, which was once home to the famous playwright and poet, Molière, the fortified medieval city of Carcasonne and so much more.
After a week with our wonderful hosts, we took the train to Barcelona where we discovered architecture that book our breath away. It’s almost impossible to describe the beauty of “Palau de la Musica” concert hall so I won’t even try.
So this week’s prompt had me thinking about beautiful times in the not-so-distant past and my hopes for the future. The sudden onslaught of the Coronavirus has changed the planet and the travel industry, we just don’t know to what point yet. But if we all work together and distance ourselves, as we are being asked to do, hopefully we can get back to a semblance of normal soon.