Hello blog friends, as June winds down, I wanted to check in.
It has been almost a year since I joined in with What Pegman Saw fiction challenge. When I saw Cuba was featured today – I had to join in. I also have a post for Su’s Changing Seasons and will share that later (got it up and it is HERE)
Here is the photo prompt for today’s fiction:
(fiction word count: 150)
Sitting at the bar in Cuba, Hemingway quotes ran through my mind: critics, sleep, trust….
My thoughts flashbacked to 1993, that summer job in Plantation, Florida.
Made friends with this short, stout lady. Opposites, but we had chemistry. Both straight shooters. No BS.
I brought her in a pair of thrift-store work shoes –
a gift of friendship.
Once, we had shots of whiskey on a break. Chests afire as we went back to work smiling.
One afternoon, she whispered that her man was coming back from Cuba on a small boat in the cover of night.
I stared, processing the secret, embracing the trust.
Dare I ask more?
Didn’t wanna know.
“Soda refill?” the bartender asked, bringing me back to now.
“Actually, I’ve changed my mind. I’ll have that whiskey shot.”
Placing my empty shotglass down, I appreciated how friendship memories can sometimes flood the chest with warmth.
Today’s fiction was loosely based on a true event – from my summer job in Plantation, Florida back in 1993.
Today’s fiction also unfolded because K. Rawson mentioned Hemingway fans might want to explore a certain area in Cuba, which then reminded me of Kenny Chesney’s remake of Guy Clark’s Hemingway’s Whiskey song (here):
Closing thought – to piggy back on a line from the song – which is “there’s more to life than whiskey….” – well it always amazes me how easy it is in our culture to get sucked in by alcohol – whether that be whiskey, vodka, beer, etc. It comes across as masculine, sexy, sophisticated and all this fun. However, too much is a bad thing. It is toxic for the body and alcohol consumption can really interfere with thriving.
So… if anyone reading feels like their alcohol drinking is out of balance – may I invite you to try and fast from drinking for 30 days? Seriously- tomorrow is July 1st and it is the start of a brand new month. Fasting – or taking breaks from things is VERY good for humans. And it could become a gift to your freshness and outlook. Just an idea.
Author update – if anyone wants to see more of Cuba – check out Naomi’s awesome post Cuba’s Third Currency here.