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Country Mouse Goes City – Friday Fictioneers

It’s Wednesday!  Yes, just to confuse you, that means Friday Fictioneers… I’ve decided to do a reverse of last week’s thanks to Na’ama Yehuda‘s wonderful photo.  Thank you for allowing us to use it this week.  And always, thanks to Rochelle for hosting this weekly party. I just can’t resist it (besides, she’d have my head if I did – don’t be fooled by her size…)

And to my fellow Canadians…



©Na’ama Yehuda


Country Mouse Goes City

Rachael pinched herself. She was here. New York City! Great-Aunt Penelope invited her to stay for the summer in her brownstone on the Upper West Side. No cows, no chickens, no manure. No chores.

She was so excited when she saw a yellow cab she waved at the driver in excitement. With a squeal of his tires, he swerved and pulled up beside her, causing the guy behind to honk in anger. “Where do you wanna go?”

“Central Park, please.”

He shook his head. Stupid country folk. “You’re already here. Just cross the street.”

She blushed, “Silly me. Thank you!”


185 thoughts on “Country Mouse Goes City – Friday Fictioneers

  1. What I find funny about this is country folk wanting to go to Central Park. Being from the country, I would head for all the interesting architecture and excitement of a big city. Excellent story.

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  2. My first visit to New York, I was warned that if you wanted to commit suicide there, you just left a note saying “I’ve decided to end it all. I’ve gone for a walk in Central Park”

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  3. Tee hee! Silly indeed! 🙂

    Love the story — and her predicament and the kindly cab driver!

    My sister and I did this once in Paris in our teens. We got in a cab to take us to the Louvre only to find it was at the end of the block! 🙂

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  4. Laughing…
    Love New York city! My first time alone there for work in 2009 I told Esam that I’m renting a car while I’m there, work is paying for everything. He said, “You’re not driving in New York city!” For the record, I drive like a grandmother. I’m almost always the slowest on the highway. I had a attitude and was so stubborn about wanting to drive. How bad can it be???

    Bad, very bad. I only drove once in the 5 days I was there. When I called him to say he was right, he said, “Where did you think you were going? Montreal?”
    And let’s just leave it at that.

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  5. CUTE! Nice write, Dale! ⚡️💥
    Okay, back to writing to WP about issues! I can’t comment on half the blogs, you are in the half I can comment on. Working on it now!

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  6. I loved this!!!
    And … yes, NYC is awesome.
    And … yes, Central Park is not very far from here … 😉
    And … one day, soon … we’ll have tourists again. Including some from Monteral. 🙂
    PS Happy Canada Day!

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  7. For a moment, I thought Great-Aunt Penelope actually LIVED in Central Park on a bench. Last time I was in NYC (for quite a while) was during the eastern seaboard blackout after coming back from Israel. What a nightmare. However, I did visit there beforehand in 1999, stayed with a friend in the Bronx and absolutely loved it. My mom never has been there, but she HAS been to …. “Oh, Canada!” Loved Quebec. If she had met you she would have loved you. 😉

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    • Oh dear… Nope! Lovely brownstone …
      I visited a couple of times but not as much as I’d like.
      Quebec has some really nice areas. I still haven’t seen it all! And that is sweet to say.


  8. Dear Dale,

    My eldest son and his wife lived int the city for years. It was fun to visit and have everything either within walking distance or subway distance. At least the cab driver was polite to Rachael’s face. 😉 Well done. I hope Rachael visits Katz’s deli on Houston St. while she’s there. (Pronounced HOW-ston). Fun story.

    Shalom and lotsa suburban hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      Lovely! Gave you a reason to visit.
      Exactly. I didn’t want him to be too mean.
      I’ll have to tell her! That and to have a pizza ar Grimaldi’s.

      Shalom and Lotsa wide-eyed love,



  9. I so empathise with her. A sweet country side bumpkin.

    Her excitement, her sheer joy is so very palatable. I love how you added that dash of kindness to the cabbie’s heart.

    I like how you make simple things in life seem so precious and purposeful.

    Thanks Dale. A very dale-ctable story indeed. ❤ 😉

    Happy Canada day! Hope you had fun.

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  10. This tale reminds me of an episode of Beverly Hillbillies where a con man (Phil Silvers) sells the Clampetts Central Park where they plan to build a cabin and have some livestock.

    Once we country folk get out of our element anything is liable to happen.


  11. Guess her excitement brushed off on the cabby…to experience a well worn place with the clean eyes of a newcomer…helps you remember all the good that’s still there. Love this.

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  12. Q

    You reminded me of that movie with Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin back in the eighties, the name of which I cannot for the life of me remember now even though I saw the flick several times. It was/is a classic.

    Town and Country . . I love it. 🙂


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  13. Already July 4th but Happy belated Canada Day! 😉
    [been back and forth to the country house – driving and carrying has taken up most of my week! 🙄]
    Glad the driver was kind! I remember a father of a friend we were studying with in London, had come to visit her and while taking a walk down Oxford street [one of the busiest streets in the city!], he would say ‘Goodmorning’ to each person he’d see!!!! I thought it was sweet… 😉

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  14. Oh, how I wish I could go back and vacation again in my old stomping ground.
    New York is magical and crazy all at once. A Plato and of insanity , intense scents and people oblivious to others but that’s the intrigue. Thanks for taking me back to when I first took a dance class on 5th avenue. I didn’t see the sign so I asked someone and they were very kind. Loved this … Izzy😎
    PS hubby drive a cab and my dad for extra money late at night … they were always nice. 👍

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    • So glad I evoked a good memory for you, Isadora!
      I do love New York and can’t wait for the world to come back to a new normal so I can return. I think we’ve all (or many of us) had those types of moments!

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  15. Oh my goodness! The only time I was in New York I was going to a comedy club. We took the subway to get from New Jersey and came up at Madison Square Garden. I got a cab and told him where I wanted to go. He said, “Where is that?” “I don’t know.” “O.K.” He drove us in a big loop. When we got out, I could still see Madison Square Garden. It was two blocks away.

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