Welcome back to Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. You will find all about this meme and the instructions here. The purpose of this link up is to help us share some stories we might have milling about in our minds as we look at particular photos. Many of us have mentioned that we could "write a story" about a photo of a barn, an old store, or an abandoned residence we have found or shown to others. I thought it would be fun to find a photo and write a short story. You can add a bit of "wit" or "wisdom" if you like. Give it a try and join in!
Here is my picture for this week:
The dusty, frightening trip through the desert left her hungry. Her hair hung in strings from the heat and the sweat on her body. The encampment was just across the river from America, where she could see police and hear their cries to "go back". Mami and Papa took her hand and walked for many miles along the river, away from the camp. Her legs hurt and her shoes were torn and tattered from their journey. A dirty, smelly man met them and took money from her Papa. He pushed them into the small boat and rowed to an island in the water in the darkness. When the coast seemed to be clear, he rowed to the American side of the river, ushered them out and into a waiting car, and disappeared. Another man took them to an old motel, where they were to wait for family to come for them. There were many people in the motel room, all trying to find a small area in which to sleep. She looked around at them, some good people, some very bad. She vowed that she would make her way in America. Here she could go to school and work, maybe marry and have children.
Among the destitution and the thorns, there is still hope and beauty.
This little cactus is growing in our yard, and it's beauty on this thorny stump (I think it's called "horse hobble", made me think of the impossible beauty in the plant and how it can apply to the lives of even the most desperate. Now it's your turn. Got a picture and a story in mind? Just link in below and share with others.