Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.
Visiting Oregon last week, we stopped through to visit the farm where my Grandparents lived and worked most of their lives. My grandparents have both passed on, but they are still with me each day.
Grandpa and his family lived in Nebraska until a hailstorm destroyed their crops and killed many of their chickens. Great-Grandma had enough and insisted they move to Oregon. The family of eight traveled in a car for six days before they arrived. My grandfather was a teenager then, but he did all of the driving. And what a beautiful future he built for himself there.
“I met a man in Haiti who said:
” ‘My passport says I am Haitian. I can’t leave. Yours says, American. You can leave. Do me a favor, have fun in your life. make people laugh, make people smile, love people and do something you enjoy. Don’t feel sorry for me, but just remember the opportunities you have and make the most of them.’ ”
-Bassam Tarazi. The Accountability Effect