5.1.13

DAY 365+29

reconnecting

This is my December contribution to Photo-Heart Connection. The last Saturday of December, 
while I was visiting my mom,  I went for a walk. That´s something that I don´t do  often when I am visiting her, usually I have no time or I don´t feel like leaving her alone... but this time I had the feeling that something was awaiting for me outside, beyond the four walls of my mom´s house. So I went to the capital of the isle to have a look and carried my camera with me just in case 

I went to the promenade beside the old church and suddenly I knew why I had to go there. The ocean was calling me. I needed to breathe some salty air and felt its spicy touch inside my body. I needed to fill my mind with the blue tones of the sky and the water and caress the warm stones... and dive into the colonial atmosphere and get in touch with my coastal roots

This is the village where my mom and my dad
, and all my ancestors, were born. By this coast my grandfathers walked and worked. This is the place where my grandmother and my grandfather get engaged during the carnival celebration. This is the sea where my mom swam every day along her childhood. And these are the streets that saw me and my dad walking hand in hand 

The same sea, the same sky, the same houses, the same doors, the same church, the same corners and wickets. The same waves, the same sound. How did I forgot how much I love all this little parts of me? When the hell did it happen?

I got lost somewhere between my youth and my adulthood, and trying to find a way to overcome my early experiences, and gain some perspective, I forgot that I belonged to this place. But that last Saturday of December I felt that I met myself again in this place. That I am being now the person that I was meant to be

And I realized that I had been travelling onward to be back here and breath without fear

11 comments:

Sofia said...

I agree that it is always heeling to dive into happy childhood memories!

Marcie said...

It's the story of life coming full circle. It always suprises me when I find home where it was always. Your description of your connection to the sea is beautiful!

Kat Sloma said...

Incredibly beautiful, Zena. Your words "travelling onward to be back here" resonate with me. My journey has been similar. Not with a place so much, but learning what I love to do and discovering that it's the same as when I was a child. I've always been this way. Thank you for sharing in the Photo-Heart Connection. Your words touched me deeply.

Introverted Art said...

This is an amazing shot Zena. And you are right. there is something amazing about remembering a time when innocence was prevalent.

Sarah Huizenga said...

Such lovely words Zena. It sounds like a walk you were definitely suppose to take.

Viv (modifica) said...

Lovely words Zena our family history is so important..
A beautiful photo it conveys very well your feelings..
Thanks for visiting me on my blog and leaving such lovely words....

Aga Gasiniak said...

'to breathe witohut fear', so beautifully written. This is how we could define 'freedom'. I wish you and all of us to breathe without fear. Thank you so much for your words.

Elsie said...

I love the simplecity of this photo, beautiful.

Cathy H. said...

Beautiful image and words! We do need to stop sometimes and reflect on where we are and where we came from!

Rosemary Reflectionsofmyworld said...

I was taking every step and breath with you as I read it and your photo captured that moment.

Sandra said...

So nice for you to reconnect with the place you came from and now look at it with different eyes.
I like the small opening with that little sailing boat bobbing on the turquoise water.

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