Words are Gifts

New Stalls


Desert rose, anthuriums, pothos and more, slowly appeared.

During my drive along the new road to work, this morning, I soaked in the environment, noticing many establishments that were not present last year.

A variety of flower pots had appeared, some earthenware and others made with cement. Tall, short, cylindrical and box-like. Some decorated or painted, others not.

Coupled with them were mini-gardens beautifully coiffed with an assortment of tropical flowers.

One of them stood out, the gardeners seemed to have a plan, planted or manicured to show different heights of color. So much skill but a ‘homeless’ skill. Of course the owners of these mini gardens were nowhere to be found at that time of the morning. Trusting that no one would dare pinch any of their wares. 


Left behind, were small boards of untidily written phone numbers, just in case a potential customer turned up.

These stalls were not there last year. I remember very well as I wrote about the lone coconut seller.

In these parts businesses spring up when no one is looking. When they arrive they soon have company and trade together. It must be lucrative otherwise it would not be attractive. Similar plants and pots are sold in the open area, and use the space well. 

I guess the road will not be expanded anytime soon so they occupy the space till someone decides it is time for them to leave. I wonder what else will surface at the same time next year.





5 responses to “New Stalls”

  1. First of all, excellent word choice throughout. Great adjectives and words to evoke a picture for your readers.

    Second of all, ah! I love street stalls from the food, to trinkets, to woven baskets! All of it! It’s cool to see just how talented people are and what cool passions people have. To see the entrepreneurship of a young start-up trying to make a little extra change. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I can relate to this well! One day an empty lot or patch of grass and the next a slab of concrete and a table with items for sale. People look for opportunity and grab it.

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  3. There is so much to love about your descriptive writing here. The phrase “homeless” skill – one we have not yet quite found a place for – will stick with me for a long time.

    Thank you!

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  4. I am so glad that you included the pictures. I felt like I was viewing this alongside you!

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  5. I remember the coconut seller you write about last year. Is he still around? Plants for sale on the side of the road become all of ours. In a sense, this has become a public garden thanks to your images and taking the time to notice and appreciate.

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I am am Elementary school teacher at an International IB School in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. I write with groups of writers, such as Teach Write.


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