(c) Pamela Schloesser Canepa
John had been through this before. No one understood how he processed things. This was his third foster home in a row.
His foster dad, Mr. Biggins, spoke in a strange way., but John really wanted to know the workings of this new household and had a lot of questions.
Mrs. Biggins had shown John to his room. There were two smaller children in the home, but John got his own room. Mrs. Biggins was busy cooking dinner one day when John asked why there wasn’t much toilet paper.
“Oh, we try not to use too much paper. It’s Mr. Biggins’ rules, you know.”
John went to ask Mr. Biggins, because sometimes he needed a lot more than what was rationed to him each morning.
“Take a hike,” Mr. Biggins said.
“But, but, that doesn’t answer my question. Sir,” John added politely.
“Learn to use less. Conserve. Now, I’ve answered you. Go take a hike.”
So, being a person who tried to do just as he was told, John did.
John suffered for a year in that home, with people who did not understand his needs. Finally, he was adopted by a loving family. The Servos lived in the big city. John looked down at his hiking books. No woods to explore as he used to do for hours when living with the Biggins, where no one cared that he was gone for hours as long as he was back before dinner. He disliked Mr. Biggins moodiness, but just kept to himself most of the time so as not to disturb the man. Hiking had been his solace, and summers had provided a lot of education in nature.
“Would you mind if I take a hike?” John asked Mr. Servo, longing for some movement and fresh air.
“Well, that’s an interesting thought,” Mr. Servo replied. “There’s this place a couple blocks away with excellent gyros. And the doc said walking would good for my heart. Come on! We can talk on the way.”
John smiled. He wasn’t sure he wanted to talk much, but Mr. Servo had a friendly, loving aura about him. It might be nice for once not to have to walk alone.
***The Ragtag Daily Prompt is given daily in the form of one word. Writers take it from there. This story was just short of 300 words. I hope you have enjoyed it! See other responses or learn about this challenge at https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/rdp-friday-hike/
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