#SoCS: Life’s Rich Tapestry

So, Madam, on your plate tonight you have a Career Re-think and a dose of Covid about to take hold. And the dog has IBS. And the water meter outside your property has been stolen, so now there’s clean, drinkable water pouring down your street. Pity- I just hate that kind of waste, don’t you?

But that’s not what I ordered at all! I exclaimed. Take this back immediately, please, and bring me what I asked for.

The waiter smiled brightly. Aha! But that’s the thing, you see- at this establishment you don’t always get what you asked for. In fact, you rarely get what you asked for, especially on Pot-luck Night, which is most nights, by the way.

Well, I want what HE’s got, I said pointing to the table ahead of me. He’s got White Sandy Beaches and Tour of the Baltics lined up on his plate- that’s what I ordered.

The waiter was polite and patient. Again, Pot-luck, he said. Anything’s possible in this place. Did you notice our signage when you came in? He pointed to the ceiling with a sweep of his white-sleeved arm. I looked up. “Life’s Rich Tapestry” in bold blue neon letters winked down at me.

Well, I can’t deal with all this. It’s overwhelming. Maybe just leave the dog thing: I can probably handle that. I’ll take her to the vet. But the other stuff? A career re-think when I’m nearing 60? A dose of Covid? And don’t you know that COJ is in disarray- do you know how long it might take for them to replace a stolen water meter? No thanks. Take this plate away please.

Well, I’m afraid that’s not an option here. The waiter was smiling again, perhaps a little condescending this time. You see, you can’t leave until you’ve finished what’s on your plate. That’s the deal, I’m afraid. Just the way it is.

I sensed angry tears coming on, a sense of helplessness and even fear. I wanted to run away, anywhere at all, just out of here.

The waiter sat down just then, in the empty chair opposite me. His smile had softened as he spoke to me in low tones. That man over there, the one with the Beach and the Baltics on his plate- well don’t be too envious. He’s a bit of a nasty piece of work, and he doesn’t know it yet, but we’ll be dishing up some ‘Just Desserts’ for him once he’s finished his main course. He’ll be smiling on the other side of his face when I bring THAT to his table.

So, he continued, as he stood up. Best you get started, you’ve got a lot on your plate there. You’ll be fine, he added. Just remember to go with the flow. Oh, and don’t forget to self-isolate when you get home.

What do you mean? I asked.

Self-isolate, he repeated. For 10 days, for the Covid. Who knows? You might even enjoy the R &R. It’ll help you to prepare for all the other challenges ahead.

But how do I get the dog to the vet if I have to self-isolate? I asked.

He shrugged. You’ll figure it out, he said. You’ve got friends, family, neighbours. These things are sometimes sent to test us. And it’s often all part of something bigger. He was looking up at the ceiling. I followed his gaze. The signed winked at me again, like a gentle reminder. “Life’s Rich Tapestry.”

#SoCS Writing Prompts, Sat 26/11/22: ‘On Your Plate’.

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18 thoughts on “#SoCS: Life’s Rich Tapestry

  1. Joanna Ashbour 2022-12-03 / 12:31 pm

    Wonderful post! Are you sure the restaurant wasn’t called Karma, where you only get what you deserve?


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    • amandaVN 2022-12-03 / 4:40 pm

      Thanks Joanna. “A Restaurant called Karma”- what a fabulous idea! Imagine the wonderful array of dishes that could be cooked up there… !


      • gabychops 2022-12-03 / 4:48 pm

        It should be created by someone, Elton Musk?



      • amandaVN 2022-12-03 / 4:52 pm

        Haha! A restaurant in the sky perhaps?


  2. Annette Le roux 2022-12-03 / 1:34 pm

    Having just completed the menu for my aunts 80th party tomorrow, your piece came in timeously! That menu however is a literal one with real edibles on it. Life’s rich tapestry for me is an encyclopedia of complex crisscrossing parables and short stories plus a few facts in the mix. May your friends and family rise to the occasion and lend a helping hand!

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    • amandaVN 2022-12-03 / 4:54 pm

      Hi my Friend! Yes, facts and fiction can certainly work well together in linking hands to produce an interesting ‘weave’. Have a fabulous family day tomorrow. Make it an 80th to remember!


  3. Victoria 2022-12-03 / 2:19 pm

    Charming, fun, relatable and cringe-worthy — all at the same time! I loved all of this, especially the “desserts” awaiting the beach-going fellow diner. Too funny…and so true. We don’t know what’s on the menu for others, do we? Thanks so much for this lovely post! 😉

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  4. amandaVN 2022-12-03 / 5:11 pm

    Thanks Victoria, glad you enjoyed this, and you are quite right- we often assume that others ‘have it all together’ because they know how to look the part. However, we don’t realise what may be going on in the background, and they don’t know what may be just round the corner for them! Maybe Joanna, above, is right- there is indeed such a thing as Karma… 🙂

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    • Victoria 2022-12-03 / 7:59 pm

      Agree…I enjoyed Joanna’s karma thoughts! 😉


  5. Reaseaorg 2022-12-03 / 6:00 pm

    Life is full of challenges but this story is great as it reminds us there are always people who can support us to summon the strength needed to give our all to tough challenges 🙂

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    • amandaVN 2022-12-03 / 8:01 pm

      Thank you and yes, there are people all around, as long as we remember to just ask sometimes. I’m glad you enjoyed the story 🙂

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  6. jkaybay 2022-12-06 / 4:15 am

    A nice glimpse into the world beneath our reality. I hope your dog feels better soon and that the Covid is mild. Yes, some R&R sounds good around this time of year 🙂

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    • amandaVN 2022-12-07 / 1:00 pm

      Hi James, thanks and glad you enjoyed the read! Covid came and went- it wasn’t too bad- a bit of an unwelcome surprise and I just felt very tired at times. Rupert, on the other hand, is becoming old and frail, so no quick fixes there 😦 . Hope you are well!

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      • jkaybay 2022-12-07 / 11:46 pm

        I had my dose recently and it was similar – a few exhausted days and feverish nights but thankfully not too bad. Best wishes for Rupert – such a cute name!

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