A 500 word short story by Scott A. Gese
Clarence Class was a world traveler. At age 90 he stopped. Not because he wanted to. It's just hard to do when you're dead.
At age eighty Clarence and his wife Eunice began their travel adventures. They were partners. They went everywhere together. The middle East, The Far East, Europe, Africa, North America, South America. They even made it a point to travel through all fifty states.
They saw the Great Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, The Great Wall of China and many other world wonders. They visited many islands. From Hawaii to Tahiti to the Maldives. They had been to so many they eventually lost count.
To Clarence and Eunice, each day was an adventure that needed to be lived to its fullest extent possible and that's exactly what they did.
They filled their library with souvenirs and picture books from many of their adventures. They organized travel parties and promoted their way of budget traveling. At times they invited friends to go with them.
It all started on a cold Winter day when Clarence was feeling a bit confined. The snow was piling high and the temperature had dropped into the teens. Clarence decided he needed to get away. A tropical vacation was on his mind so he got online and began to research sunny warm places. Soon he and Eunice were on Ambergris Caye just off the Coast of Belize. From that day on, the travel bug had them hooked.
For seven glorious years the two of them traveled. It was a time of renewal for them both. It brought them closer together, strengthening their relationship and increasing their perspective of the world they shared. It was the best time of their lives.
Eunice passed away while they were in the middle of visiting Isla Grande off the coast of Panama. Clarence felt so bad he gave up his travel lifestyle for close to a year, but the pull was too great. He needed to see more of the world. Before he know it, he was off to the Mediterranean. His first stop was Portugal, from there, Spain.
For the next two years Clarence traveled. Nothing, including his age, slowed him down. He collected more souvenirs to add to his burgeoning library.
Then he turned ninety. His kids held a party for him and he enjoyed their company while they were there, but soon they left and he began to feel lonesome.
He missed his wife and travel partner, Eunice.
He did little traveling for the next couple of months. His kids were getting worried.. When they hadn't heard from him for several days, his oldest son stopped by the house to check on him. His dad had passed away.
He found him sitting at his computer. He had gone back to traveling. Watching YouTube travel video's. This time he had traveled to Italy. His Google maps program showed he had been touring the streets of Rome and his Amazon account showed he had just ordered another souvenir.
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