Wednesday, July 20, 2011

‘It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends.’ – Joan Didion

Rearranging photos. Putting them carefully into two little albums and a plastic sleeve in which I have also placed a small toy car on the underside of which I have written the words não te abandonarei, nem te desampararei.

We will return to the street tomorrow evening with a specific purpose: W, L and M. Boys who we have cared for at some point (and for varying periods) over the last year, but sadly chose not to stay. I decided to take some photos to them as both a remembrance of their time with us and also (I hope) a reminder of what life - REAL LIFE - can be like.

And as I consider W in particular - his half-smile looking back at me from the page - I wonder if he even remembers his time here. I bury my head in my hand and cry.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Olá Luke!

Achei tão doce esse seu relato..o cuidado em arrumar as fotos nos álbuns , o carinho com essas melhores lembranças e a sincera revelação de que tudo isso causava-lhe lágrimas.
Aqueles que amamos , quando vão embora , levam um pouco da nossa felicidade também. ...mas a vida real pode sim, fazer ressoar os meios sorrisos, os largos sorrisos, daqueles que deixaram o silêncio de sua ausência
Estaremos com você , hoje á noite , em pensamento !!

Josefa

Anonymous said...

Hey!

I know the feeling...

Did you find W this time??

God bless you!

Dot

Luke said...

Hey Dot!

We came across M (after a month searching). He was distraught. It was such good timing - I gave him the photos and he hugged me tightly saying he wanted to come 'home'. Renilson and I returned yesterday morning at 6am and we brought him back to the house.

After the time spent with M we decided to go back for W next week. From our conversations this week, we know exactly where he is staying now.

Big hugs from Brazil to Holland!
L

Aline Maira said...

oh, that's great you found W!

lice is not fun, I attract them. must be the sweet blood.

...at least you can shave your head...

Luke said...

Well, we did and we didn't. He stayed for a night and ran away with D yesterday afternoon. Sad, but I ain't giving up on him.

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