Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Thing From Before



 
It was too foggy to fly, so I drove down the road from the heliport to get something to eat. I first noticed a driveway that looked like it once led to some commercial establishment, but now leads to nothing but a building pad. The building was taken out by Katrina, or an earlier hurricane. Off to the side of the driveway, in an overgrown parcel of land, I saw this boat.

It might have been someone's personal sportfishing boat in days past, or it could have been a smallish commercial fishing boat or commercial guide service boat. I don't know.

Old things get to me. They hold stories they can't tell. I looked at this old boat, and wondered how many people may have made their livings off of it, or how many good times and sorrows danced across its deck.

I wish old things could talk. I wish when old people talked, more people would listen.

8 comments:

Debby said...

Neat discovery. And yes, I wish old things could talk...

quid said...

My sense is, this boat has an important story or two to tell.

You could try to find them. Or, just write fiction.

I vote the latter.

quid

Hal Johnson said...

I took you up on your suggestion, Quid, and started writing a story this morning about a man who sees, hears, and feels "stories" when he touches something old. I set out to make it a flash fiction piece, but I'm 600 words into it and just at the beginning. Thanks for the encouragement. I'll tell ya, I'm a lucky guy when it comes to encouraging friends.

Debby said...

Can't wait to read it Hal!

David said...

They do talk Hal. It's talking to you isn't it?

Christina Fifield-Winn said...

If old things could talk, my vibrator would be screaming, "Use me!"...oh wait, is this a PG-13 page??

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