The afternoon ritual

Morning walks are popular for millions of reasons – the crisp air, the dew fresh flowers and the chirping of birds. But afternoon walks – that’s pure luxury!  I have never been a morning person, so I enjoy a brisk walk with my pet dog Woofy, after I feast on my fancy breakfast of pancakes, maple syrup, coffee and fruits.

The sun feels just right, warming you up as you enjoy the naughty squirrels chasing each other, the exotic fragrance of different flowers, some arrogantly robust, some classicly subtle, the rustling of leaves like a paper whisper, the swishing dance of branches on trees, the noisy parakeets having a loud discussion.

Woofy, takes me on this path patiently, sometimes irritated with the noises, often distracted by the smells and mostly panting for breath.  But he understands that it’s a sacred ritual that completes my day. Back home, before I hand him his treat, and thank him, ‘Woofy you bring me back to life everyday!’ he hands me my return gift, my favourite book in Braille, and slobbers me with love beating me to the finish.

Alka Sharma

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Written for FFFAR

Photo: Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode

9 Comments Add yours

  1. This is wonderful! I didn’t catch on to all the descriptions of smells and sounds until the end and the reveal of the person being blind. Woofy is a seeing eye dog! Wonderful story!


    1. Alka Sharma says:

      Thanks and isn’t it amazing how not once does he feel he misses anything !


      1. That’s right! He doesn’t seem to miss his sight at all.


  2. kurtislunz says:

    I like your dog’s name.


    1. Alka Sharma says:

      Thanks, that’s because he could only hear him, hence woofy!

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Brilliant reveal at the end, makes the reader go back to the start and re-read to re-evaluate it. Perfect 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Alka Sharma says:

      Thanks Iain ! I know, it was tough, but rewarding !

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  4. Oh my gosh, the imagery was superb in this! That shock of the person being blind came as quite a shock to me… Honestly, this has to be amongst one of my favourites! Even though it’s impossible to pick just one 🙂


    – Ainsworth, Xx

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    1. Alka Sharma says:

      Thanks again! It was also very tough to write ! But very rewarding …


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