(I am posting late- had a busy weekend- but this is from Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday prompt. The link is under her prompt photo. Thank you, Kate and fellow writers!)
The People of Thursday, July 2…
Jim and I leave home early to drive 5 hours north. We don our masks for the rest stops. We learn to recognize the smiles of others by the way their eyes sparkle.
This is our daughter’s 25th birthday. We meet her for a picnic lunch and a short hike at an area park. We catch up on the news of her life as we keep our safe distances from one another.
Next, we stop to see my sister for a brief but lively conversation. We sit across the room from her. She shares her always-warm hospitality and we drink sparkling waters.
Finally, we see my elderly mom through the glass doors in the hallway of her assisted living residence. We place our palms with hers on opposite sides of the window, silently expressing the touch we long to share. We talk on the phone and watch her open early birthday gifts. We stand and watch as she makes her way back to her room. Tears flow.
Later we check into a small bungalow for an overnight stay.
The small photo on the table reads,
“Distance means so little when someone means so much.”