The Top of the Hill

Analyn finally made it back to the top of the hill.  The place of her childhood where she sold pineapples with her grandmother by the side of the road.  Where she slept contentedly in the tiny room beside her.

Will grandmother rebuff me for leaving the life she had dreamed of for me?  

But, the city noises drove Analyn mad.  The chaos had worn her down.

Analyn stepped from the bus when it stopped by the side of the road.  Her grandmother glanced up from the stall and her weary eyes filled.  “I’ve been waiting for you to come home.”

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story.  It’s fun that this week, Rochelle used one of my photos.  It was taken on a bus trip across the island of Cebu in the Philippines, a beautiful country!

If you would like to join in and write your own story, or if you would like read the stories of others from this week, visit here.

Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, stay well!

46 Comments Add yours

    1. She did. 🙂 Thanks for commenting, Neil!

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  1. Bill says:

    Cute story, Brenda. Yes, the cities can be unnerving. I’d move back, too.
    Thanks for the explanation on the photo. I am always curious about such things.
    I’ve not been to the countryside of the Philippines.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. Of course, the Philippines has beautiful water and beaches but the countryside of the many islands are an adventure; lush, mountainous, and tropical. I always appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

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  2. Sandra says:

    City life isn’t for everybody, but it sounds as though her grandmother needed her to see that for herself. Lovel story befitting the photograph.

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    1. Exactly so. She hoped she’d see and come back home on her own. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment, Sandra. 🙂

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  3. Dear Brenda,

    A wise grandmother. I think she knew Analyn would return after experiencing the big city. Nicely done and thank you for the photo.

    Shalom

    Rochelle

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    1. She is indeed wise. Thanks for your kind comments and thanks too for using my photo, Rochelle. 🙂 Have a nice weekend!

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  4. The elders always know what the future holds.
    I suppose grandma knew her granddaughter well.
    A touching tale of generational experiences.
    Thanks for the wonderful photo this week, Brenda.
    I have a similar photo of a farm stand we stopped at along
    the way to Chachoban, Mexico. The stands are fascinating
    and must be captured on film.
    Have a good weekend … Isadora 😎

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    1. What we see along the way in these lovely places are indeed worth capturing to remember. Her grandmother hoped Analyn would return, but she also wanted to give her the option as well. Thanks so much for your lovely comments, as always, Isadora. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. msjadeli says:

    Brenda, I enjoyed your story and it has the ring of truth. I’m sure many grow weary of the big city and return to the idyllic peace of the mountain. Your photo has inspired a wealth of good storytelling also.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, Lisa! I know I’ve grown weary of the big city atmosphere (we’ve lived in a number of Asian cities), and I’m ready for some quiet. 🙂 I’m happy that the photo has inspired others!! Thanks so much for your lovely comments.

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  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like that reunion with her and her grandmother.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the scene. Of course, I could see it in my head but wasn’t sure if the emotion came through. Thanks for your nice comment, Frank. 🙂

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  7. Ann Coleman says:

    Heartwarming!

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    1. I’m happy you found it so! Thanks for your encouraging comment, Ann. Hope you have a nice weekend.

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  8. michael1148humphris says:

    Such homecomings are good,

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    1. They really are! Thanks so much for commenting, Michael. 🙂

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  9. Iain Kelly says:

    A test which she has passed,not failed. Nicely done.

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    1. She has passed indeed and so glad to be back home. Thanks so much, Iain! 🙂

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  10. oneta hayes says:

    Sweet and satisfying story. From this Grandmother’s perspective for sure!

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    1. I’m so glad you found it satisfying. Thanks for letting me know, Oneta! 🙂

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  11. James McEwan says:

    A lovely story that captures many sentiments of wanting to see the bigger world and appreciating what we have. I like your photograph and went for a Caribbean twist. I am sure you enjoyed your trip in the Philippines, a wonderful place.

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    1. Thanks, James, for your kind comments. I really enjoyed your story about Calico Jack’s lover. I’m glad you liked the photo!

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  12. Back where she belonged. Thanks for the photo Brenda, it’s certainly inspired some great stories.

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    1. Your welcome, Keith, for the photo. It certainly did inspire others. I like it!

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  13. plaridel says:

    i’m glad she went back. home will always be where the heart is.

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    1. I love that saying because it’s very true, and the older I get the more it resonates. Stuff is just stuff, but those we love anchor us. Thanks, Plaridel!

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  14. Vartika says:

    It’s not easy to leave your roots. Nicely done

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    1. It’s not easy at all, but for some of us it’s a compulsion that can’t be denied. The call to return home is always there though. Thanks for your kind comment, Vartika!

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  15. granonine says:

    Ah, a happy ending for both of them 🙂

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    1. Yes, it was. Thanks, Linda, for stopping by. 🙂

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  16. pennygadd51 says:

    What a lovely heart-warming story! You summarise so much of why Analyn would move back with the single sentence, “Where she slept contentedly in the tiny room beside her.” That conjures up such a relaxed and tranquil existence. Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much, Penny. Your comments are always very encouraging! 🙂

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  17. Tannille says:

    There is a special bond between grandmothers and their granddaughters. Lovely story.

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    1. There is. I was very close to my grandmother and miss her dearly. Thank you, T, for the nice comments! 🙂

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  18. GHLearner says:

    What a lovely welcome. Dreams should be followed but sometimes they lead us in a spiral to the place we belong.

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    1. I love that and it’s certainly true. Thanks so much, Gabi! 🙂

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  19. notestowomen says:

    A lovely homecoming story, Brenda. Wise grandmother.

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    1. She is wise. Thanks so much for the nice comments! 🙂

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  20. Nobbinmaug says:

    Our elders have the wisdom that can only come with experience. They are usually right. Of course, we don’t know that until we try for ourselves.

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    1. Often, unfortunately, that is true. We must try on our own to find our way. Thanks so much for commenting! 🙂

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  21. draliman says:

    See, granny knows best 🙂

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    1. She certainly does. I know my granny did! 🙂

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  22. Rowena says:

    Beautiful, Brenda. Grandma’s arms are always open.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. They certainly are! Thanks so much for the nice comment, Rowena. 🙂

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