This week’s photo challenge is to show something that surprised or delighted me on the road taken.
(I do need to acknowledge the patience of friends & family when we’re driving along, & I suddenly call out from the backseat, “Stop! I need to take a photo.”)
In some traditional tales, taking to the road to seek their fortune was often the only way folk could solve their troubles.
In Norroway, long ago, there lived a widow and three daughters who were so poor that they barely had enough to keep body and soul together. One morning the eldest came to her mother and said, “Bake me a bannock and roast me a collop for I’m going to seek my fortune.”
The protagonist is given what they ask for (and always some wise advice), coin if there’s any, and a blessing to send them on their way, walking into the unknown.
They are told there will be signs to guide them along the way. Some subtle …
and some they surely can’t miss …
Walking on with high hopes and travelling light … they meet their first trial.
One vital piece of advice, they might ignore at their peril, is to be kind to any other person ( or creature) they meet on the road, especially if they need help or are in some kind of trouble.
Folk and fairy tales are fantastic and realistic at the same time.
Photos: 1 & 3.Island of Mull, Scotland. 2. Through Tentsmuir Forest, Scotland. 4 Brisbane path 5. Victoria, Canada, 6.Vancouver sidewalk.
The Road Taken
All text and photos by Meg
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