Not so long ago

An old woman

Arrived in a village

She didn’t know too well.

She met a fruit-seller

By the roadside

And asked

If the social security office

Was still a long way ahead.

The man replied

It would be fifteen minutes

Not more.

She took a long sigh.

She seemed tired, anxious,

And distressed.

“Oh! My God!” she grumbled.

“It’s such a long way to go.”


Some hours later

The old woman returned

Met the fruit-seller

And thanked him.

“Was it a long way?”

He asked.

The woman smiled.

She seemed cheerful.

Her work had been done.

And she appeared satisfied.

“No, not at all,” she replied


“The journey back was short

In fact.”