Aug 30, 2009

Growing hope

I happened upon a new Sunday theme thanks to Joanna of The Fifty Factor.



It's main purpose is to invite bloggers to get out and take pictures of their city to share with the rest of us.
Go visit The Unknown Mami, host of the meme, for more Sundays in My City images.




Here is my Sunday photo. It portrays the emptiness of a typical Sunday in a residential area in Rome. People are still away on vacation at this time of year, and quiet neighborhoods like this one - that hardly ever attract tourists - are empty and isolated. No cars driving by, no noise, no smog. Very few air conditioning engines humming, no kids riding bikes or playing soccer on the sidewalk. Lots of fallen pine nuts and dry needles on the ground.

As I was walking in the midday heat to reach my mother's house for lunch today, eyes glued to pavement, head buzzing with overlapping worries and thoughts, my eyes fell on an encouraging image.



This little plant was able to see daylight, stubbornly creeping up through thick layers of dry dirt, asphalt and grime. And mind you, it hasn't rained here in over 2 months. I stared down at this perfect image of strength and will, and understood its message.
A small, dusty sapling was teaching me a huge lesson.

33 comments:

  1. Great photographs. i love the deserted streets, I can just imagine everyone snuggled up in their beds reading the Sunday news!

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  2. What a great idea. I love your photos, but I WANT MORE!!! I know, there's always another Sunday. **kisskiss** Deborah

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  3. Lola, my word verification is "dante". A good omen, yes? I'm still your number one fan, cara mia. You are an inspiration, through and through.

    I'm still so mad at myself for having missed your visit in the States. I do hope you forgive me.

    Arrivederci.

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  4. Rome is a place I hope to see one day soon. I hope that little plant makes it..

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  5. Not only do I love the little sapling, I LOVE that you saw it and had your camera to take a picture! Great shot of your city. Thanks for sharing.
    xo
    PS Thanks for the shout out.

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  6. I love the photos and I love your insight.

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  7. What an inspiring picture! Really makes you think.
    Our town is pretty dead on Sunday´s as well, so this looks very similar to mine.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Sometimes Life cooks up lessons for us that are less palatable than others. Nevertheless, we have to swallow them down in order to grow stonger...and get on to dessert!

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  9. Oh, I love this post. I love the tenacity of the little plant. I love the hope! Nice to meet you and so fun to see your city this morning : )

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  10. I love Sundays in my City because you get to see the view of an ordinary person of these places.
    All we ever see of Rome is huge buildings and tourist attractions.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  11. What a lovely post...
    Amazing how even the smallest (seemingly unconstitutional) will give us a big message...

    I wish I could be in Rome when no one was around : )
    Pattee

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  12. Thank you for sharing this lovely message with us dear Lola, the quiet of the street and the hope in the tiny green plant life. We push on and up too.

    lots love,
    lori

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  13. Now who would think to stop and photograph a little bud in the crack of a street?

    You.....what a neat idea and the perspective and angle makes it a great shot.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this touchingly taught lesson - a good reminder for all of us.

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  15. The green shoots of happiness - we pray they blossom, Lola.
    Great idea about the photos- Love Eddie x

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  16. The life force will not be subdued nor suppressed...

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  17. Hi Lola

    Have green tomatoes...
    Will pickle...




    Happy days

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  18. love the little sprig of hope pushing its way up into the light... many would have walked by... but then maybe it was put there just for you. hope you and E had a great weekend. smiles.

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  19. Life is sprouting your way! Thanks for your visit on my site. I am linking you on my blog. Keep a smile Lola.

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  20. Never thought I'd be visiting Rome when I woke up this morning. Thanks for the trip

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  21. Ah, that little green hopeful shoot in the pavement, has just made my day! :)

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  22. I can smell the basil and my mouth is watering. Your new banner is beautiful. Perfect for your site.
    It always amazes me when grass will grow up through an asphalt driveway but we struggle to grow it in a lawn. Hmmmm is that a metaphor?
    I wrote this once already but I think I closed it before I sent it in. I really got up too early this morning.

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  23. Hi Lola! Greetings from sunny Florida!

    Just popped over to congratulate you on your Post of the Day award from David McMahon. What you said about that simple little shoot was so poetic. And the quiet Roman street.... doesn't look at all like the Rome we visited. But there is beauty in solitude and chaos. How lucky that I got to see Rome at all in my lifetime!

    You have a lovely blog.

    Arrivederci!

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  24. This is a lesson taught to all who sees it...it makes the gardener in me want to gently move it to a quiet hillside where it can become so big and not get run down by life...congratulations on Post of the Day...a fine effort recognized.
    Sandi

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  25. Congrats on POTD - I can certainly see why you got it! How inspirational :)

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  26. POTD, congratulations on finding an image that shows the strength of nature when pitted against the might of man.

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  27. That's a fun perspective. Congrats on POTD!

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  28. See these marvels that surprise us one day after the other? Wonderful, indeed.
    xo

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  29. My friend, I am here as usual but this time here via David's POTD. Lovely image of hope. I can use the lesson right now myself!

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  30. What an inspiring post!Life will always find a way.I love your blog!

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