Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

January 5, 2018 at 11:48 am 10 comments

Kids Crossing the Street

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Last October, I was in Bucharest, Romania. Since the end of 42 years of Communist rule and the execution of Communist Party General Secretary Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena in 1989, I’ve found a country on the road to full recovery and people more optimistic about the future. Of course, a short visit doesn’t make one an expert, but I want to believe. I really want to believe as kids crossing the street feel comfortable and safe.


I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –

Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –

Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –

– Emily Dickinson


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  • 1. pierrmorgan  |  January 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Oh, wonderful believing!

    • 2. plaridel  |  January 6, 2018 at 1:52 pm


      glad you’re with me on this. thanks 🙂

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    • 4. plaridel  |  January 6, 2018 at 1:52 pm


      thanks for the pingback! much appreciated.

  • 5. jmacindoe  |  January 6, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Nice shot – Here’s hoping your prediction is right!

    • 6. plaridel  |  January 6, 2018 at 1:50 pm


      great country, great people. they deserve the best.

  • 7. J.B. Whitmore  |  January 6, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I visited Romania in 1977. Ceauśescu ran the country with a firm hand, Jimmy Carter was president. It was before villages were razed to make way for “modernization,” and everyone knew where the “mental institution” was that housed political prisoners. Wishing the best for the Romanian people!

    • 8. plaridel  |  January 9, 2018 at 9:04 am

      J.B. Whitmore:

      the ghost of communist rule still haunts the balkans with almost abandoned villages and soviet-style public housing. but things are getting better.

      • 9. J.B. Whitmore  |  January 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm

        Good to hear!

        • 10. plaridel  |  January 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

          j.b. whitmore:

          when you go visit again, you’ll see it. 🙂


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