Ripples in Time

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Memories of the four-year-old became tangled within months of being made.  Playing in a mountain stream in Vermont, walking up a boardwalk in New Hampshire and leaving sneakers on a rocky beach in Maine soon became, “I lost a shoe playing in The Flume.”

Growing up next to the posterchild of pollution, Lake Erie, the clear streams and unspoiled wilderness, miles of forest, had soaked into the child’s psyche.  This was the way nature intended.

Fifty years later, the former vacationland now home, the events are more dictated by logic than memory, but that trip across the northeast still resonate.

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Dale Rogerson .  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

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Yes, based on fact.  As a child I would say, I lost a shoe playing in The Flume” often, even though I had been corrected a thousand times.  I could remember the three events back then (now faded), but I didn’t care.  The memory had little to do with truth.  It was almost exactly 20 years later when I moved to the region.  I remember the first times seeing those places again.  How different from the memories, yet how much they were still part of me.  And they still are.  I will be a champion of wild places until the day I die…

32 thoughts on “Ripples in Time

      1. granonine

        And I came from flat southern Minnesota, I love living in PA where there’s a combination of rolling hills, farmland, and even some low mountains. I was born in Colorado, so that’s what I think of when I think of mountains. This land is beautiful, indeed.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I love Colorado, and yes, those are true mountains! But some of the New England mountains are actually pretty big from base to top, if not as rugged or up at 14,000 feet… It is a beautiful land, from sea to shining sea, as they say.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’ve read that when crimes are investigated every witness has a slightly different story. I’m sure if one witness is a 4-year-ols and is interview two months later, that story would be vastly different from the others ;) Thanks.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Dale. There have been many times that I’ve read one of your stories and have wondered how much “fiction” there was in your Friday Fictioneer ;) Usually a good thing, since I enjoy your stories.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Most fiction is based in some way on personal experience or at least personal philosophy, you tend to cut it a little closer to the original source. And I think you can be plenty imaginative, whether you think you are or not.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. For some reason I couldn’t think of a story for this one, so when that old phrase of a much younger Trent came up (I lost my shoe while playing in The Flume), I had my story…

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