The Bluebell Book’s short story slam week 37got me sparked to
write-up a rough short story. Before procrastination steps in, I decided
to post it as is.
So, here we go:
Camping Confidence Canned
By M. Anita Bailey for the Bluebell Book’s Short Story Slam Week n° 37
My friend David has a wonderful home with lovely back
yard. As I live in an apartment building, on an upper level, being
in such a yard always makes me homesick for my mother’s place back in
the States. For some reason David’s yard also made me nostalgic about
Across the years, I’ve always been drawn to the idea of
camping out in greener spaces. I did go camping as a teen, and even once
in later years, after I moved to Europe.
Yet, now I feel an underlying fear any time ideas of
camping alone cross my mind. As a woman who used to eagerly embrace the
idea of solitary camping experiences in exotic places, it’s awfully
bizarre to feel that I can’t seem to muster up courage to do so today.
Even the very THOUGHT that I would HAVE to muster up my courage is
Oh, I still have my one-person tent that I bought about
five years ago and some of my other camping gear is still pretty
functional, like my sleeping bag and its protection mat. But in today’s
world I’m pretty reluctant to plan a camping trip even with friends.
Funny though, one day, last summer, my friend
David asked me to housesit for a couple of weeks. After the first week,
an overwhelming urge to camp in his back yard began to blossom. My soul
seemed to long for the garden as Rapunzel’s mother must have longed for
the salad that grew in the garden that belonged to her next door
neighbor (yeah, I know it was the witch’s garden, but not everybody else
may know it! LOL).
When I asked if, one of these days, he would allow me to
pitch a tent in his garden David was really surprised. He told me he’d
prefer that I sleep in the comfort of his home as a house guest. But
once I explained my camping anxieties, he readily agreed.
The picture you posted of the camouflage tent sent my mind flying back to David’s garden.
Even though it’s winter here, I think I’ll just give him a quick call.
You never know, maybe I’ll have my tent pitched by early evening!
Spring is here at Maryland, Winter ends in February 7th in Laos,
How about a trip to Australia summer heat still roars strong,, or a vacation
to San Diego zoo or San Diego Sea World, where you can expreience
wild whales, dolphin show, or see water boats roll down a waterfall?
anyway, it is cold at my home, I image a tent indoor and wish
to let my thoughts fly and with short fiction posts worldwide...