It is time for a Friday Fictioneers post.
This week Rochelle has selected an image from J Hardy Carroll. The picture first reminded me of misc. hand-carved items family members used to have: kitchen trivets, five-hook shelves, etc. Then, the vertical blinds stood out. They might be good quality, but they reminded me of the cheap, plastic vertical blinds you find in low-end apartments. My story unfolded from there.
Genre: realistic fiction
word count: 100
Title: Wellness NOT Stuff
–Is it better to never taste luxury rather than have had it and lost it?
Losing prestige, power, possessions – having the rug pulled out – to catch your balance and then anchor with what “really” matters. To lose material items, wane in popularity – s i g h. Are these cyclic states to be held with a loose hand because health and mental wellness are King?
Standing tall, I adjusted the cheap blinds in my inexpensive, single-story condo; smiled to see the heirloom hand-carved miniature clock-building, which added beauty to the room.
Reminded me to enjoy beautiful things, but to hold possessions loosely.
And note from J.H.C about the photo: This photo was taken at the Bily Clock Museum in Spillville, Iowa. The museum building was the residence of Antonín Dvořák during the summer of 1893 where he composed his String Quartet in F (also known as the “American Quartet”) and his String Quintet in E-Flat.