A Window on Life

Photo Copyright: Sandra Crook

Photo Copyright: Sandra Crook

As a student of Confucius, Ling would often visit the pergola that his wife had had built close to the house, its autumnal colours inspired her husband to reflect, life had been kind to him. Until now integrity and compassion had always been at the forefront of any project that he had undertaken.

Mr Ling entered the pergola and cleared his mind of the anger that rested there, and allowed the sound of song birds to sooth his furrowed brow. The decision had been his alone. The valley of the Pandas would have to be cleared. The factory would be built.

yep it's me

yep it’s me

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    I hope Mr Ling can live with his decision, not sure I like the sound of a factory destroying the valley of the Pandas! Nice take.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you. Iain. He will regret this decision,

  2. spicedmullings

    Double standards and an excuse to do so!

    1. Michael Humphris

      He will regret this decision. A later story will tell

  3. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    A sad commentary on progress. Well written though. 😉



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle.

  4. gahlearner

    Isn’t it wonderful how he can soothe his mind with his double standards. Sounds very familiar. Great story, Michael.

  5. FabricatingFiction

    Boo. Hiss.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He knows that he is wrong, will he relent!

  6. draliman

    Let’s hope he stays there, the nasty panda-murderer 🙁
    Great story!

    1. Michael Humphris

      O thank you.

  7. Louise Taylor

    Poor pandas. More optimistically, in real life, Pandas have recently had their IUCN status downgraded from endangered to vulnerable – encouraging news in such a discouraging world.

    1. Michael Humphris

      IUCN perhaps they have got it wrong. If Mr Ling has his way.

  8. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    I like the foreshadowing of the harsh decision with life had been kind to him, until…

    1. Michael Humphris

      it is good to have feedback, it helps my understanding of how a piece of writing is viewed. Thank you

  9. Sandra

    Great take on the prompt. And I love the dog – I used to have two border collies.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Robbie is pleased and so am I. Thank you Mike

  10. Clare Hempstead

    NO, not the pandas!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am writing a note of protest to Mr L

  11. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    So sad!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Dawn I agree.

  12. Michael Wynn

    I don’t like Mr Ling! The Pandas are everyone’s, this is not a decision he should be allowed to take.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Then I will have to write a protest.

  13. Dawn Quyle Landau

    Dark and hard to envision, this progress. Nice piece, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dawn, I was not to happy about this story, but in the end decided to post it.

  14. aliciajamtaas

    That last line got to me. What is built often ruins and, in the end, can’t be un-built. Nice one, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, I agree.

  15. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    I think he knows deep in his heart that he’s making a terrible mistake… like how you turned it from sympathetic to its opposite.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Bjorn, I am grateful for your feedback. Mike

  16. patriciaruthsusan

    Well, I guess Mr. Ling should stay and ponder a bit longer. If he’s been a thoughtful man up until now his conscience is going to cause him much unrest. May he have many sleepless nights. Good writing, Mike. 🙂 — Suzanne

  17. Rowena

    Hope those pandas nab him and give him a bear hug he’ll never forget.
    BTW, love the dog photo? Is it a Border Collie? I have a Border Collie and a Border Collie x Cavalier. Here they are: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/weekly-pet-share-introducing-aussie-dogs-bilbo-lady/
    xx Rowena

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Rowena, my dog is called Robbie, he is a short haired Border Collie. I obtained him as a puppy from a friend who owns a farm, the farm breeds collies for handling cattle. Robbie was small as a puppy, but under my care filled out and is very strong. He is however a very gentle dog.

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