Daily Prompt: The Gorge

A Sunday afternoon walk through the Einsiedelei, Rüttenen

Yes, we have a gorge, but we have a problem.

“Jack, we will have to find a new one.”

“You mean????”

“Yes another one gone.”

“But Fred he is the fourth this year. We must be doing something wrong”

“I don’t think it is us, it hangs together with the situation.”

“What situation.”

“We are looking for a new hermit, and hemits are not born every day. Most of them are already older than they should be and living in a gorge where a river runs through it and sunlight poking through for only half an hour in the late afternoon is not the ideal solution if you suffer from rheumatism and arthritis.”

“But the last one gave us a doctor’s certificate.”

The last one had a nervous breakdown if I remember rightly. People knocking at the door every five minutes dressed in shorts and t-shirts asking to have a photo taken with the hermit was not ideal, especially when they enter a hermitage for peace with their life to meditate and live a simple unspoilt life. He also complained that he did not get  a Wifi reception for his computer or mobile telephone.”

“Perhaps we are attracting the wrong type of people. We had a good one a couple of years ago. What was his name? Elvis Smith”

“No, not Elvis. The police finally found him when they saw the newspaper article about our hermit. They had been searching for him for a year. He left the wife with four kids. The idea of a hermitage is not to hide from the wife and hermits are not supposed to be married.”

“So what do we do?”

“Advertise again I suppose.

The job of a lifetime, if you need peace, want to think about life and spend your remaining years in meditation, this is the job for you. Self contained house with all modern comforts and you own garden, complete with stream. Warm clothing will be provided as well as neighbouring church. Wifi and mobile telephone net available.”

What warm clothing?”

“We still have the monk’s robe don’t we?.”

“I thought the months got at it.”

“Oh, then buy a new one.  “Nearby restaurant to cater for lunch and dinner.”

“You can’t write that. This is a hermitage and there are families having a day out with the kids. There is even a playground there.”

“Ok, then I will add “if you feel lonely, social contact is provided for. There are also gymnastic appliances within walking distance”.”

That should do it.”

“Do you think so?”

“Of course, we do everything for our hermits.”

Daily Prompt: The Gorge

9 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: The Gorge

  1. I know a real hermit, who would be handy, but he already lives alone at the top of a mountain, so he has already a job. He’s a nice man, with a long beard, sometimes dressed in a brown robe, like a monk. He shows his little church to hikers, cleans the place and sometimes he comes down to the city when he is necessary to devote himself to the care of sick and old people.

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    • Thi picture is our hermitage, but the hermits come and go. We even had a lady hermit, but she left because there were too many touristsand some had dogs. The hermitage is now empty, and they are looking för a new hermit. I think our hermit just does his own thing ih his house.

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