Thursday, March 25, 2021

Serendipity - 3.25 #sol21 Story Challenge

I'm back on skis today because spring break remains in effect. I'm chasing after my wife along a nordic center's groomed trails. She's flying, uphill. Over the pounding of my heartbeat in my ears, I hear someone shout, "Lafayette Jazz!" This would typically be a strange thing to call out in these circumstances, except those are exactly the words splashed across the royal blue t-shirt I'm wearing. It's the name (or former name) of the high-school Ultimate Frisbee team I coach. The moniker's origins are semi-mysterious, particularly the bit after the name of the town where the school is located. I surmise the speaker must be one of two women waiting at the crest of the hill for me to summit so they can descend. No one else is around, not even my wife. As I approach the pair, one introduces herself as the mother of a former team member, a graduate last spring. One glance at the mountains around us makes clear that, after all, the world is far from small, and yet...


 

6 comments:

  1. I love small world stories. They are everywhere, and often in the strangest places. And I'm glad to see your cross-country skiing is improving. It's the one winter activity I enjoy.

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  2. Where is the rest?! I am so happily immersed in the loveliness of this prose...I feel ready to turn my digital page and then - it's gone! I am enchanted with the way that you draw the reader in to this beautifully worded adventure, saturated with so many literary gems. Can't wait to read more. How terribly talented you are. #lovedit ~Carla Michelle

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  3. A compact gem. But Lafayette where? I lived years in Lafayette, LA

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    1. This Lafayette is in CO. Small or large, the world seems lousy with Lafayettes!

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    1. Easy answer is, "It depends." On how much more snow falls and how quickly it melts based on conditions in weeks to come. There are also a few nearby glaciers, tucked away from the sun's full effects, that stay on the ground year 'round. In big snow years (along with slower run-off), I've skied in July.

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