One Trip, Two Journeys

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence
–Robert Frost

Today’s thoughts are not my own. They are re-blogged from RetireeDiary, a blog in which Michael Lai posts various photos he has taken with brief comments about what makes each picture special. What follows is blatant copy and paste from his page, reformatted to fit my page.

His comments struck me as so touching, human and universal the thoughts that sprang up have kept coming back to me for days. I hope they strike a chord for you as well.

He wrote:

I know why I took this photo.

The rain has just stopped. We were approaching one of the entrances to Ta Prohm, Cambodia. The two lines of columns on both sides of the road were impressive. The puddles on the stained color road reflected part of the surrounding were also interesting. I like the green foliage on the trees and also the fallen leaves on the ground. The trees, road and reflections lead on but what are the children doing? Photo by Michael Lai However, they were not my reasons for taking the picture.

There were two small children on the right side of road edge.

I didn’t have the faintest idea why they were there; they look so tiny when compared with the columns and trees.

They were the reason for taking this photo.

I was wondering why they were on the street, why they were not cared for by their parents. My mind wandered far and wide. Could they have been orphaned by the civil war? I have seen many children and adults there maimed as a result of accidentally contacting the mines left over from the war.

Or is this just a normal thing to let children wander on the street. I don’t know. As a tourist, I knew I would have to move on and I could only say in my heart – take care, children!

For every trip, there are two journeys – a physical one which will end when the trip ends, and also a sentimental journey which will never end.

Boundaries divide. Travel unites.

10 October 2013

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A travel agent since 1994, I want people to get together for greater understanding across boundaries.
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