I saw the Five Photos, Five Stories challenge on Chris Donner’s 61 Musings and loved the idea. Then, Chris challenged me to take part.
The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo (It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph) and then nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge. Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command. I’d love for everyone to try this, but if I have to nominate a blogger, I nominate Wandering Cows because they always do such a phenomenal job with photo challenges.
Here’s my first photo and the story that goes with it.
The man in this picture is Frans, Dutchman and host of the beautiful joglo guesthouse where I stayed in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. He graciously took me on a walk around the neighborhood behind the guesthouse and showed me life in the village.
We stopped by a school, stopped to greet some villagers, and then popped into this tiny shack-like store. I snapped this picture to show to a friend of mine who works for Vick’s. The brand team often tries to figure out how to sell to small, remote places like Java where people have little money and don’t buy more than they need in the moment. It was exactly what Frans was explaining to me about life there, too. He said that people don’t think ahead in places like Java, where immediate need trumps any idea of saving for the future. If you have a dollar, you spend a dollar. If you need toilet paper, or shampoo, or Vick’s cough medicine, you walk down to the little Mom & Pop store like this and buy a dose, or a roll, or whatever other single-use wares they sell. In Indonesia, that’s how Vick’s does business.
Here in America, we’d look at these Vick’s pouches and consider them free trial sizes. Then we’d buy a bundle of bottles of cough medicine in bulk and take them home to our cavernous cupboards.
Which approach is more like life in your corner of the world?