Backbone

 

 

sandraPhoto credit : Sandra Crook

“Oh, that?” The tour guide mopped his brow with his sleeve. “Those are the remnants of the landslide last year when the earthquake struck. Terrible times for this place!”

“I can imagine”, the traveler mumbled, “but hey, how come nothing happened to these little homes here?”

“Isn’t that what always happens, sir?”, mused the guide, “The things we keep running after disappear at the slightest distress, but the ones that we neglect become our backbone through the difficult times.”

I wonder if he’s talking about mountains and homes or people, thought the traveler to himself.

© 2015 Ankita Kala

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This week’s entry for Friday Fictioneers.

33 Comments Add yours

  1. ceayr says:

    Deep piece here, Ankita, food for thought indeed.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you so much, Mr. Ayr! I’m glad you stopped by to read and liked my work! 🙂

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  2. Sandra says:

    Good job – I liked this.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Hey Sandra, Thank you so much! 🙂
      I’m so happy you liked it!
      Hope I’ve done justice to your photograph. 🙂

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  3. I like how an answer like that can actually mean something entirely different…

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    1. Ankita says:

      I like that too. How something can apply to entirely different contexts! Thanks for reading and appreciating, Bjorn 🙂

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  4. ansumani says:

    Nice one Ankita. Good philosophy

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you for your appreciation. I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  5. jellico84 says:

    Love the story, and especially the point made with it! :0

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read and appreciating it 🙂 I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  6. Dear Ankita,

    That last line says it all. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Ankita says:

      Dear Rochelle,
      Thank you for your appreciation and for hosting Friday Fictioneers 🙂
      Thanks,
      Ankita

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  7. micklively says:

    Good question!

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you! 🙂

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  8. Dale says:

    Well done, indeed! I loved the musings of the traveller…

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you so much, Dale! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  9. Lovely musings on the meaning of life, great job.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thanks for reading and appreciating! 🙂

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  10. Laura Thiessen says:

    Yes, the last line is a good one to ponder. Well done.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you, Laura! I’m glad you liked it 🙂
      Thanks for reading and appreciating

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  11. Something to think about. A delightful piece.

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you, Keith! I’m happy you liked it 🙂

      Like

  12. gahlearner says:

    That’s very wise. Some people are mountains. Great story.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you! Yes, unfortunately some people do have that kind of hold on us that we keep running after them, only to realize that they are the ones who would leave us as soon as they can. Hope you have a nice day! 🙂

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  13. rogershipp says:

    Answer to the posed question… Yes.

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    1. Ankita says:

      🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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  14. Maybe he’s talking a bit about all those things. I can see the application

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    1. Ankita says:

      I also have a feeling he is. He is also trying to figure something out maybe.

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      1. There are many directions from here. I like to think of the possible outcomes.

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      2. Ankita says:

        True. That’s the beauty of writing just 100 words. You can end somewhere and leave so much to imagination!

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