What Have We Done?

Photo property of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Here we are again and this week we’re gathered beside a swimming pool. We’ve come together to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneer’s group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and be inspired by the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Rochelle herself. Thanks, Rochelle. To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link given below, then on the smiling blue frog. Next, follow the given directions. The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

17 May 2019

Genre: Nature Conservation & Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

What Have We Done? by P.S, Joshi

Marie remembered the lake, dammed from a stream, where she grew up. Their drinking water filtered through the sand to the pump. No motor boats were allowed.

She also remembered the lake where relatives lived. Gasoline from boat motors floated on the surface where they swam. It stank.

She remembered when part of Lake Erie caught on fire. These were the same waters where the Indians once portaged their canoes, camped, and lived in villages.

What had we done? What would those Indians think if they came back? How could we justify this appalling contamination of God’s gift to us?























61 thoughts on “What Have We Done?

    • Thanks, Iain. I’m afraid things are going to snowball and affect people everywhere, even those who think they’re in charge. Then they’ll find out what priorities really matter. People in some cities can hardly breathe if they go outside. —- Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Dale. I’m glad you liked the story. Water is on the minds of people here in India as we wait for the monsoon next month. The people in certain areas here are beginning to become refugees moving to other areas where there’s more water. You need water to farm and provide for a family. I read that’s one of the reasons people are moving up to the U.S. from Central America. It’s going to get worse. —- Suzanne

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  1. Sometimes I wonder how many of us would be willing to return to living in teepees, hogans, or wikiups; hunt and gather our food; and constantly be on the lookout for the tribe across the river who are using up the soil because they subsist on agriculture. It wasn’t as ideal as it sounds. Not justifying deliberate abuse of our world, just pointing out that life was harsh back then.

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    • Thanks, Linda. They were stone-age people so naturally, life was harsh. My Dad collected arrowheads from the time he was a young boy in Ohio. Later he collected more arrowheads plus stone tools. Near where we lived there was a Portage County, Portage Path, and the Portage Lakes. Dad had books about Native Americans so read about them and the early white settlers. He loved history. I’ve read about Native Americans and watched TV programs about them. I merely brought water to the forefront as they lived near it, got food from it, drank it, and traveled on it. They lived close to nature, depended on it, and learned to respect it. I wouldn’t want to live near the heavily polluted water I’ve seen and smelled. Here in India, people in the cities litter and dump refuse in the water. In the country, the water is much cleaner. The farmers depend on clean water for their crops, especially rice, so make an effort to keep it as clean as possible. —- Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Russell. That’s what I was trying to say. Native Americans lived close to Nature. Many of us are too far removed these days to respect it as we should. Many seem to think science can take its place which is folly. —- Suzanne


  2. Thanks, Plaridel. Even our younger generation are warning us now. They’ll inherit our mess. Freshwater is in short supply in some places already. It’s part of the reason people from Central America are coming to the U.S. Some are migrating from one place to another here in India. There have been claims of coming water wars. It’s scary. —- Suzanne


    • Thanks, Keith. Yes, we shouldn’t be surprised and should feel guilty. Many are too busy blaming it on the other guy or making excuses for themselves. Greed had a good bit to do with it, especially with the disappearing animal population. —- Suzanne

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  3. Curse of progress? You ask so many difficult questions, what we so called civilised want to ignore in the name of development and greater common good.

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    • Thanks, Ali. There used to be an ad on TV in the U.S. It showed a Native American looking at the pollution. He had tears running down his face. Conserving nature was sacred to them. It meant survival. It also now means our survival but not all want to admit it. We just happen to be the animals at the top of the food chain and we’re destroying the chain. —- Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Liz. What we need to start doing is not that difficult. We’ve been warned how long we have to change. We have to ignore those who are trying to block action and go on without them. And we can’t let them scare us. They are afraid and misery loves company as it’s been said. —- Suzanne


    • Thanks, Brenda. I’m glad you liked the story with its questions. Here in India, we’re waiting for the Southeast monsoon so water is on everyone’s mind. Every year they measure the reservoirs and often start cutting back on water distribution. There’s also load-shedding to conserve electricity. There are also discussions on what to do if or when some cities start to run out of water. There’s already been migration from some of the drier areas. It’s not a future thing here. It’s happening. —- Suzanne

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      • The water conditions in India is horrifying and sad. No water, then too much water when the monsoons hit.

        I can’t remember if I asked you before (I’m sorry if I have) but where are you living in India? My husband and I lived in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh for five years (we traveled in and out for ten).

        Please take care!

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      • Thanks, Brenda. I live in Pune, Maharashtra, India, a sizable city in the Western Ghats southeast of Mumbai. My husband owned a flat which now belongs to me since his death two years ago. —- Suzanne


      • The Western Ghats are beautiful but the city of Pune is being ruined by too much building and cementing. They’ve cut down trees, put highways everywhere, can’t seem to keep up with the garbage, polluted the rivers, and aren’t conserving water as they should. It has the problems of many large Indian cities. —- Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Neel. I’m glad you liked the story so much and thought it was well written. The subject is often on my mind. It worries me that so many people are still making excuses for not doing anything while some are actually denying the fact. —- Suzanne


    • Thanks, Tannille. When Lake Erie caught fire it was in all the papers. It was cleaned after that but I have no idea what condition it’s in now. I’m glad you liked my story. I’m afraid we need Mother Nature but she doesn’t need us. Some are too self-centered to understand that. I’m glad you liked the story. —- Suzanne

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  4. Very true Suzanne. Indigenous cultures tended to have more respect for the environment in the sense that they only took what they needed. The other cultures may have have had more technological advances but all sometimes that progress came at the cost of our environment. Thought provoking story.

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    • Thanks, Subroto. Indigenous peoples live close to nature and understand how to treat it. They need it in good condition so they can survive. We still depend on it and it on us but we’ve become too far apart from it to understand that. If we don’t do something now to change things we won’t survive. Nature will repair itself and go on without us. —- Suzanne


    • Thanks, Andrea. We’ve changed things too rapidly by our misuse of nature. Now we have to get busy and try to clean up our mess. I live in India and things are worse here. Some areas are already running out of water. People are starting to migrate. There’s the talk of the poor dying because they have nowhere to go. There’s also load-shedding because of a lack of ready electricity. Many in the west haven’t seen that yet. I’m glad you liked the story. —- Suzanne


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