Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day - Poverty

...it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair... Charles Dickens

11 comments:

zoom said...

It was the best of times, and the worst of times.

xup said...

I want to live in that house on stilts.. with my Dickens collection, of course

Woodsy said...

Zoom, that's right it was… It was the worst of times: The freezing nights, the back breaking work to run a home with no electricity and only a tap for water, the loneliness, the abandonment, the isolation and disconnection from society, the stress of wondering if there would be any money for food from month to month, the embarrassment of our ragged clothes, the shame when the local doctor came to "check" on our living conditions... and more.

It was the best of times: The daily joys and enchantment of being at home with my boys - playing on the beach with them - reading to them - teaching them about nature, the thrill of being amongst such beautiful nature – the trees, the blackberry bushes everywhere, the eagles, crows, and ravens, and my beautiful garden that fed my beloved children… and more.

XUP, as someone said to me when they saw the picture, "It looks romantic". I look at the picture, and I agree that it is a beautiful picture. But, for me, it represents hitting rock bottom, and then the hard work and determination that it took to get myself out of a life of emotional and financial poverty.

nursemyra said...

the image is beautiful. the story behind it obviously is not...

Jen G said...

the story is beautiful too. And the place. And the person who tells the story...

Woodsy said...

Thank you Jen g...

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