Tag - work

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Young, strong and cap-in-hand
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Far from home

Young, strong and cap-in-hand

It seemed to confront him everywhere he went that day; either en route a location or at the destination . At the ATM, he noticed the absence of the expected queues as he manoeuvered into a suitable parking spot.Two people waited their turns. Parked to the right was a car with its bonnet opened and its owner, a woman, leaning on it. Not part of the money- withdrawing category, it was obvious what had happened to her car. The sparse gathering made it easy to notice the oddity amongst them. A woman – youngish, agile, alert – with a baby strapped to her back. Odd because she seemed to be loitering. Neither coming nor going. Just there, like an indecision. He thought nothing of her as he headed towards an unoccupied machine, but noticed from the periphery of his vision as she suddenly accompanied the man who had just vacated the space he was about to use. Minutes after he was through with his business, the lady appeared again; this time by his side as he made to re -enter his car. The leaning lady by the car was witness as he pointedly ignored the one by his door. By now,[…]

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Far from home

I fell ill. Fever- shaking, temperature – rising, nauseous- feeling ill. The change of environment did me in. The unfamiliar whiff of air clashed with my home – conditioned lungs, and turned my overly sensitive insides out into body – weakening illness. All because I ventured far away from home. My first trip away as an adult and my body wasn’t taking the change well. Initially. It needed time to adjust. And adjust it did because that trip marked the beginning of many more. For professional and personal purposes. The farthest I’ve been away from home has been to another continent. During its rainy and cold season. Weather conditions aside, the 15 – day stay was filled with shopping, train rides, sight- seeing, people -watching, cuisine – sampling and basically having a fun vacation. I hope to go farther down the globe soon. Australia, Canada come to mind.

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