Salt

This is my last submission  for a while.  I am having knee replacement surgery on Monday, Sept. 22. I will be in hospital for a week, without my laptop (seriously).  Please do leave a comment, but understand that if you leave a comment after the 21st, I can’t reply for at least a week.
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Kazia, look at the lousy crystals. Nothing good in two days.

You are picky, picky.

What? No, I am not picky, picky. Poland has better halite. Hey, Kazia…remember the mine in Wieliczka? Beautiful carvings in the rock salt…no? The Last Supper, the altar and all the statues–powerful.

Stan, please stop talking…talking all the time. We should go back to Poland.

Go back, why? There is nothing for us anymore…nothing. We come here to the Dead Sea for you, Kazia…the salt was supposed to cure you.

The Dead Sea drowned you, Stan. You are haunting my brain.

Nah, I’m the tumor.

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Friday Fictioneers at Addicted to Purple
Photo Prompt:  Copyright Dawn Q Landau
Word Count:  100

Thanks to the talented Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers

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The photos are only a small sample of the astounding carvings and sculptures in the rock salt in the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Kraków, Poland.   The Mine was founded in the 12th century and was a commercial  mine until 1996.  The Mine is  a UNESCO World Heritage Site and  is open for tourists. Attractions include dozens of statues, three chapels and an entire cathedral that was carved out of the rock salt by the miners. Photo credit:  xandreverkes.wordpress.com

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Chandelier carved in rock salt at St. Kinga’s Chapel in Wieliczka Salt Mine. –  Photo credit:  Wikipedia
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32 comments on “Salt
  1. Beautiful pictures, and a lovely story to go with it. I loved how it turned around at the end.

  2. Yinglan says:

    Great take on the prompt, Lucy. Good luck on your knee replacement. 🙂

  3. Doobster418 says:

    Hope all goes well with your surgery.

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks. Me, too. I just noticed you have a post up. I will go read it in a few. I read the one about religion but I didn’t comment bause—well, don’t get me started. I’ve got some Carl Sagan quotes under my belt. He didn’t much care for “intelligent design” or a “designer” for that matter and I so wanted to throw those out there but I heard “danger, Will Robinson” in my head and kept quiet. Check out Carl Sagan’s quotes.

  4. ahtdoucette says:

    Lucy,
    Hope all goes well next week. Thanks as always for a vivid and evocative story, and also for the history lesson.
    Anne

    • Lucy says:

      You’re welcome and thank you. The old professor in me keeps popping up. Thanks for the well wishes. I am getting nervous. I don’t like hospitals or surgery or pain. Pain should be at the top of the list. Stay well. Lucy

  5. Hope all goes well with the surgery…best wishes

  6. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Lucy,

    Love the dialog and hate that you’ll be laid up. Good luck with the re-knee procedure. Make sure they leave you with a patella otherwise your knee will bend both ways.

    Aloha,

    Doug

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you so much. Yes, the surgeon is giving me a patella–comes with the package. Right now my knee is so bad that my leg is bowed. He’s going to fix that, too. It all sounds so very painful. Must do it though. Thanks again. Lucy

  7. Dear Lucy,

    First, best wishes for a positive outcome to your surgery. I’ll miss you.

    Interesting that we both went to the Dead Sea. Seemed logical to me with all that salt. 😉 I love the photos you shared and the bit of history. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you. I will miss the challenge but it’s only for a couple of weeks.

      Yes, It looked like the Dead Sea to me. But after looking at some of the other sources of salt, it could be a number of other places. On really close examination, I couldn’t tell if the person was male or female. It was a good prompt.

      Thanks again. Lucy

  8. Sandra says:

    Nice one. Hope all goes well with the op.

  9. yarnspinnerr says:

    Lovely pics of the mine. Best wishes.

  10. I hope you read this when you get back from a successful operation.. I liked the take – though sad to have an inner monologue with your tumor.. that rock salt mines look amazing

    • Lucy says:

      Haven’t gone yet. I’ll be going early, early, early in the morning. They don’t admit patients the night before any longer, I’m afraid.

      Thank you. I’m glad you liked it. Yes, it would be sad to be conversing with one’s tumor. When I had cancer I never once spoke to my tumor. Then, it wasn’t in my brain. The salt mine in Krakow is breath-taking though I heard it is closed for now to tourists–could be flooding issues.. Again, thanks, Bjorn. Lucy

  11. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Lucy, I’ve had my left knee replaced (titanium) and need the right one done – this November probably. Patch, patch, patch all the time. Mike had his shoulder rotator cuff fixed last week – it was torn. LOVE your story, but, I always do! You are so talented! Nan 🙂

  12. wildbilbo says:

    This was great – I really liked that ending turnaround.

  13. Lucy, I got to your blog late so I hope your surgery went well. Don’t worry about the reply to my comment. You’ll be busy recovering, and I totally understand. Interesting piece and lovely photos. 🙂 —Susan

  14. Lucy, wonderful dialogue, in a strong story of people who work hard. I loved the photos at the end and the historical component here. Hope you are feeling better soon! While knee surgery is painful, the benefits longterm are generally so worth it! I hope you are up and walking soon.

  15. Kate Loveton says:

    Hi Lucy, what a great story. A surprising ending. I like the way your creative mind works. Perhaps you are getting some reading done during your convalescence? I am reading Caleb Carr’s ‘The Alienist.’

    Look forward to your return.

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