The Long Walk

–About Life, Love, And Living

The road is hard, cracked and dusty from the merciless sun beating down for days without rain.  The dust forms a cloud around me as I walk, making it hard to breathe.  There are no clouds in the sky, just an ominous wall of darkness in the distance.  Yet, I will walk on more afraid of going back than of the approaching night.

I reach down taking the dirt in my hand and watching it crumble into red dust.  The thirst is unforgiving, and my sockless shoes have worn blisters on my feet.  Yet, I walk on until I am no longer afraid.  I will walk through the night bold and fearless until I see a light in the distance.

The old truck sits beside the dirt road, a turn signal still blinking and the door swung open.  I left him there his face pale and his breathing shallow.  His old dog sat beside him licking his face and refusing to leave him there alone.

I will walk on until I see cotton fields and a front porch light left on for travelers.  I will walk past this dusty dirt road, walk past the coming darkness, and I will find someone to help me bring my Granddaddy home.  We will ride again in his old black truck with the window rolled down and his old dog on the seat between us.  This is what I can do so I will take the long walk and hope that angels comfort him until my return.

Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
I have 40 years of Retail Management experience. I am the person they send in to fix things. Call it a Store Focus Specialist, a Smoke Jumper, an Outlaw. I can work within the system or go outside the box when needed. I love walking into chaos and bringing order. I am not a key word person and my education came from mentors not schools. I believe that everything that we do starts with hiring the right people. Driving sales, merchandising, customer service and metrics are just keywords until you hire the right people. My top talents are Recruiting, hiring, training, associate development, and going into a focus store and turning it around. Most importantly I believe in people and that if you teach them, develop them and believe in them they will do far more than they thought possible.
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Len Bernat
Len Bernat

Larry – My goodness – you touched my very soul with this one. Fear, love, and determination in just a short story. So well done – such strong ink, my friend.

Joel Elveson
Joel Elveson

Larry, you offer so much for readers with every story you write.

Jeff Ikler
Jeff Ikler

Larry — Tremendous imagery.

Aldo Delli Paoli
Aldo Delli Paoli

You are a genius in containing in such a few words topics like fear, love, determination.
I try to summarize your thoughts: with love you overcome any form of fear until you also find the determination to act.
Until next time

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