The old man and the sea by Ann WoodGood day! Could I leave my luggage with you so I can swim in the sea? a man of about 70 years of age asked.
"Of course," we said, and he hurried to the waves with a rather quick step and a wide smile.
Half an hour later, he stood beside us and said:
"Thank you so much for keeping my luggage!"
- a short pause and continue:
- You probably will not believe me, but I came to the beach of Varna from Gorna Oryahovitsa today. I caught the morning train, I have two hours to swim, and I will catch the next train again to get home in the evening. I also told my wife to come together, but she said I was crazy to make this trip one day. Do you know? I'm not crazy, and I'm alive! I would travel all over the continent to dive into the sea, merge with it, and be free ... My grandmother told me that they would steal my luggage while I was swimming. Eeee, let them take it from me ... if this is the price of freedom, I pay it! I understand it, and humanity is no more; we are not people, we are beasts ... But there is hope as long as there are people like you and me! Be alive and healthy!
And so. Then he went to the sea because it was time to go to the station.
Humanity ... I know it exists! I saw it in the chest of this older man, and it was like a white lotus that does not stop blooming! And I know it's planted in many places on Earth. These berries are there waiting to germinate in someone else's soul ... As long as there are such people, the lotus will always live! "
Short story by Ann Wood
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Written on 2021-08-17 at 20:12
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