The Central Point

PHOTO PROMPT – © Madison Woods

The newly installed tap had become the focal point of the village: women gathered around it to gossip; men stopped by to exchange advice; nearby children played their imaginative games and shrieked with delight when their best friends arrived.  Ntombi had been grateful when the huge truck had arrived to install the water reservoir.  Having water on tap within the compound saved time that was better spent in the fields. But she missed the solitude of her long walks to the river and the time to reflect on her dreams.

What are your thoughts on having water on tap?



© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was inspired by Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. The challenge asks for bloggers to write a story in 100 words or less in response to the photo prompt.)

14 thoughts on “The Central Point

    1. It is true that often we realize the value of something when we have lost it. I am hopeful that Ntombi finds another time I which she can reflect.


  1. Clean tap water is a wonder to me and one of the best inventions by mankind. At a certain point as a child, I had to draw water from a nearby communal tap, the nearby stream and a tap far away. I hated that I wasted so much time either walking or waiting in line – I hated the hard work that this entailed as well. Usually having tap water means having a flushing toilet. That is a big bonus for me and one of the reasons I decided to concentrate on school so that I could have a house with an indoor toilet.

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  2. Your story reminds me what a precious resource clean drinking water is. I will be more mindful each time I turn the tap on. And, I, too wish she can find another walk so she can reflect.


    1. Having grown up in a country where water can be scarce, it is something that I am often mindful of. Where I live now water is so abundant that I don’t think people realize how precious it is.


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