The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Not a Drop of Worry

A tall father rushed to keep his tiny daughter under their umbrella, trying to watch the fellow pedestrians so as not to gouge them, and also trying to watch the girl he so clearly adored as she jumped over and into puddles. He stepped along, wary of the countless ways to break one’s ankle on Istanbul streets and sidewalks.  In one moment, he sneered upward at the God that would create both daughters and rain, and a crowded street full of holes, restless pedestrians, boys roasting chestnuts and men smoking cigarettes.

They needed to rush to catch the tram, so he picked her up. Hoisted sideways under his arm, head forward and legs kicking behind, his daughter laughed with delight in their sprint of the final paces to the turnstile. Once there, he had to set her down and use his pass to enter, use both hands to close their umbrella, but she kept her arms up, grinning at the face far above her, waiting to be carried further on.

-Istanbul, Turkey.

Taksim, Istanbul tram

5 comments on “Not a Drop of Worry

  1. Wendy Weinhold
    December 1, 2011

    The end of this one is particularly satisfying and surprising at once. hearts.

  2. thenicethingaboutstrangers
    January 18, 2013

    Reblogged this on The Nice Thing About Strangers and commented:

    Home to visit Dad today, but here’s one of my first stories. I have no doubt my Dad also would have carried me through Istanbul… 🙂

  3. unpackedwriter
    January 22, 2013

    Lovely moment well captured. Can just see the upsweep of the child. Sweet. – Renee

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