The Weary Traveler 

I saw the world traveler pushing her dog in a baby stroller today; she looked tired and old…

” Good morning. ” I offered. Couldn’t remember her name. The dog’s name is Ducae. ” Any summer trips planned?”

She smiled.  ” I’m leaving for Los Angeles for a week and then Spain for 2 months… I don’t like cottages. ” Her expression changed; serious… ” I’m tired of traveling,  I’m tired of living out of a suitcase. Do you ever get like that; road weary?

“No.” I smiled, knowing she wouldn’t hear.

“Sometimes I just feel like staying home.” Her expression changed again; my NO registered. 

” Now that I am familiar with… I like being home.”

I wondered if I’d ever see her again. 

Dennis Mantin 

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