Holding On, Letting Go

Posted: October 12, 2011 by writingsprint in Fun Stuff, Photography, postaday2011, Writing
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"Cottage Row" by Maude McDonald

"Cottage Row" by Maude McDonald

Andreas snuck away from the party. He needed some fresh air. He ran until he was out of sight of everyone else, then he walked. It was a small village. He was across town before he knew it. In his hands he held the acceptance letter from university. No one else had left the village in three generations, not since the mass immigrations to the Land of Opportunity, when it had seemed everyone knew someone who was leaving their homeland. His great grandfather had been mayor. His grandfather fought in the war, and returned home. His father was a farmer, sometimes a blacksmith, and knew how to repair almost anything. Andreas would be an engineer.

He was surprised how quiet it was, until he realized that most of the village was probably back on the street where his family lived. A smile curled around his face. It was always quiet here, compared to the big cities, but never this quiet. He looked past the two-storey buildings to the Alps in the distance. Nobody ever left here because time stood still here. Industry had never really taken hold. Now kids had the internet and iPods, but there were still farmers and mountain children in their hearts.

He couldn’t wait to go. How different would this look when he came back?

This post was inspired by the painting “Cottage Row” by Maude McDonald, posted at Indigo Spider in the Sunday Picture Press inspiration post.

  1. redplace says:

    Wow, beautifully written.


  2. lynnette-net says:

    I can’t wait to go too! 🙂


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  4. Indigo Spider says:

    Beautiful story. I was from NYC, but even as a kid I remember that feeling of “can’t wait to get away” and experience something different. Of course, as a city girl, I still dream of finding a quiet little village like the one you describe 🙂


    • writingsprint says:

      Yes! I think it’s universal. In the painting, I really felt the connection to home being contrasted against the far horizons. I had a pen pal once from Germany who lived in a small town. I forget its name, but it was small enough that you could take a picture of the whole town from just a mile or two outside of it. She even circled her house on the postcard.


  5. I really liked it! Very real..


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