“And what is your reason for walking the Camino?”, asked the man in the Santiago Pilgrims Office.
“I would just like a stamp in my credential to show the date I arrived in Santiago, please.”, I answered.
“But senora, what is your reason? Was it religious or spiritual?”, he persisted.
“Spiritual, but I won’t be getting a compostela”. “Porque no?”, he questioned.
I told the young man I couldn’t have a compostela because I didn’t walk the entire last 100 kilometers. “I hurt my back. It’s okay now, but I wasn’t able to walk yesterday.
Please, may I just have the stamp in my credential? “This man tried to give me a compostela anyway, bless his heart.
He eventually stamped my credential, and as I turned to go, there stood Rebecca, grinning ear to ear, compostela in hand.
Sometimes things don’t work out as planned. No compostela, but a marvelous Camino. I can’t complain. It was a joy to walk to Santiago with Rebecca