A bag full of chocolates

On how many occasions, our problems turn out to be… as big as we perceive them to be

En el altiplano Lago Titicaca
In the highlands
Highway to Juliaca, Puno, Peru

Felicia’s mother, trying to lift his spirits, surprised him with a gift. She had bought the present, some time before, during a trip they made in Europe. It was one of those things that are bought on a whim, but she had felt that it would come in handy someday. It was indeed that little green bag with the red bow tie.

Los campos de cultivo Carretera a Juliaca, Puno, Perú
The fields
Highway to Juliaca, Puno, Peru

“Sir, it seems to me that for several days you have been very troubled. My heart aches to see you so downcast and dejected. So, I have a small gift that may cheer you up a bit,” she commented somewhat saddened, for her husband had been down and out for quite a few days.

The husband, upon looking at the present, returned from his gloomy state of mind and his sad musings on the ups and the downs of the world markets. He reacted with a smile when he saw the bright colours of the bag and his face became animated once again.

Vista del valle Carretera a Juliaca, Puno, Perú
View of the valley
Highway to Juliaca, Puno, Peru

“Now, what do we have here, I wonder?” He asked with a genuine smile filling his face, and for a moment, forgetting his nonexistent woes.

“Well, you see, this little bag contains a small amount of gold coins. I purchased them at the antiquarian’s shop. Maybe now, with the problems we’re going through, they may be a help for you to arise from such momentary financial problems, my dear.”

Though she had carefully maintained a serious tone in her tone, the better to match his state of mind; anyone who knew her better, would have failed to detect a slight playful trace of sarcasm in her voice.

Parajes de altura Carretera a Juliaca, puno, Perú
Elevated lands 
Highway to Juliaca, Puno, Peru


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