How Much Farther

montreal to la

This was written for today’s FOWC With Fandango or Fandango’s One Word Challenge. Today’s word is “MAP”. 

My dad and I were traveling from Montreal to Los Angeles and I was the map reader. This was many years ago. When I think back now about it I have to laugh. Dad would ask how much farther to the next city and I’d look at the map and instead of answering him with the number of miles to go I would show him with my thumb and index finger and say about this far.




Published by Susan Zutautas

A Canadian girl, born in Montreal, mother of three grown boys that lives with her husband in Ontario. Published author and poet. Loves to write flash fiction. Author of New In Town and two children's books which can be found on Amazon.

6 thoughts on “How Much Farther

  1. I was always my father’s map-reader. When he was in the army, he took the new recruits for map-reading. So I had expert tuition. I remember a journey from East Anglia to Somerset… avoiding all the major traffic-snarling roads. We’d planned the route together. Then on the way he constantly tested me. I had to tell him e.g. orchard ahead, or conifer plantation, or, overhead pylons, or the next village has 2 churches, one with a tower, one with a steeple, plus a chapel. And there’s a pub.
    My love of maps remains.

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