…I see some graffiti sprayed on a wall in Spanish. I can translate everything but the last word. I ask a party of Spaniards and they translate for me. Marina’s husband says it’s long she says it’s wide .
Life is short but wide
Life is short but long
There is truth in both, I think . Marina continues to chat to me in English . Her husband loves planes but she is on holiday from working at the airport so she doesn’t want to know anything about plane departures and arrivals.
As we reach the Santiago de Compostela airport, we look upwards, just in time to see the underbelly of an easy jet plane as it flies low over our heads. Marina’s husband is behind us, further back on the track, she says ‘he will be disappointed he has missed seeing the plane.’
Then she asks if I have noticed ‘how food all tastes better on El Camino, an orange is delicious, cheese wonderful , bread is perfectly crusty.’ I thought what a different world view from the breakfast table conversation, I overheard on the first morning.
‘Life can be a slap in the face, ‘ she says smiling. She shows me the action. I can’t help but agree, but as Pope John Paul 11 would say ‘concern yourself with what you can do.’