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Join me during the month of April as I blog through the alphabet. My theme will be What’s In A Name. I will attempt to write up a short fictional character sketch beginning with a different letter of the alphabet each day. Remember that a place can also be a character.


“Zocheel.” That’s all she could get from the woman. She was asking what the plants were called. They had beautiful blooms that she hadn’t seen back in California where she was from. Now there were lush, colorful, tropical plants all over. She was enchanted by them and wanted to learn about them. Wherever she went she took pictures of the plants so she could try to identify them. She had chosen not to have internet where she was living because this move to the state of Quintana Roo was supposed to be a peaceful change, a getaway. She didn’t want to be reached. When she showed the woman who cooked for her the pictures, the woman kept saying the same thing, “zocheel” which was another word she didn’t know.

Frustrated, she decided that the next time she went into town she would find someone who could help her identify the flowers. In fact, she would do that soon.


Yolanda was frustrated. The woman she cooked for kept showing her pictures of flowers and Yolanda kept telling her they were flowers. Over and over again, Yolanda would tell her “xochitl” but the American woman must not be too bright because she didn’t understand a simple word. Xochitl. They were all xochitl. Yolanda threw her hands up in frustration and said it one more time, for the last time, xochitl!

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