Conversation in the wood
We’re taking the orange route. Five kilometres, easy. We can have a nice chat while walking.
How was that meeting at work?
Watch out, overhanging branch.
We’re going downwards now.
Oh, mud and tree roots.
What comes first?
Now there’s a tree root.
Can’t I walk next to you?
No, the path is to narrow.
Here straight upwards. Should I take your hand or can you follow me?
I’m sorry, I didn’t see that branch either.
Is the whole route like this?
I don’t know it here either, honey.
Can you hear that bird?
Look, a squirrel. Give me your hand, I’ll point where to look.
Oh, he’s already gone. Too bad!
It’s getting wider here. Hole !
You wanted to tell me something about your work. Downwards here. Branch with thorns on your right.
Yeah, I can feel it …
I’m sorry, I meant on your left.
Step down. Deep!
Wait a minute, I’ll remove those branches …
Come over here, I’ll take your hand again.
Other people coming from the other side. Step aside for a second.
Good day. No thank you, we’re okay.
Isn’t there another way?
It’s not much further, I think.
There’s a tree trunk on the path. Step over it now. Higher!
Do I smell coffee?
Yes, there’s a terrace over there!
Where is there?
Come, let’s drink some coffee, we can have a nice chat while drinking.
Annemarie Jongbloed is a writer and author of children’s books. One of her Dutch books tells about a child with a deaf-blind father, based on experiences in her own household: ‘The secret of the servicedog. (Het geheim van de hulphond) She writes columns about life with a partner with Usher syndrome for foundation Ushersyndrome.
More information about Annemarie Jongbloed: www.schrijvergevonden.nl Or follow her on Facebook or Twitter
Translated by Jasmijn Bakker