Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia


Early in the morning, I peer out into the fog.
The whole world is covered in calm.
 Kaish and I race to middle school.
We race because Kaish never ever wants to get up in the morning.
Every night I promise myself I will be kind and sweet and gentle in the morning with him.
And I do try to be kind and sweet and gentle....for like 10 minutes.
And then I turn into a monster Mommy!
After he gets dropped off I make my way to the city.
The city of brotherly love.
The news stations have been calling it Killadelphia lately.
There has been so much murder in our city.
I drive in through the affluence of Chestnut Hill.
I drive through the normalcy of Mt. Airy.
I drive to the desolate places.
 I don't see blood on the streets although I am sure it would be there if I looked closely.
I see colors and smiling faces.
I see people.
People that matter.
 
 I see abandoned buildings sometimes.
 Abandoned dreams maybe.
 But I always see hope.
So thankful for hope. 


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32 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i am glad that regardless you can see the hope...it is a grisly world out there and it def will get you down thinking about it if you let it...lovely pics...oddly its the abandoned buildings i love the most...

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

I love the simplicity of the first few shots, but they are all lovely...as are the words!

Em S said...

that is kinda sad they call it killadelphia. and I know what you mean when you really want to be the kind, gentle, and patient mother, but that isn't what always happens 100% of the time...especially the patience part!

for the love of pictures said...

Your pictures are lovely, and I am so glad that you are able to see the hope all around you :) Have an amazing Tuesday!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a lovely post for this Sweet Shot Tuesday. And you are so right - it's the people that matter. Thanks for a thought-provoking visit.

...melody... said...

Thanks for sharing. Hope is a great thing to have in life. It is terrible when people lose sight of it. Great photos!

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

I see similar things in Vegas. Many have specific ideas of what it's like to live here, but the reality is far different.

I love those first photos of the fog. It's been so long since I have seen it in real life- miss it.

Maddy said...

I love your Philly, Becky! Definitely not the Killadelphia they claim in the media. The world needs more positive people like you. You are a light in this very dark world, my friend :)

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos, great light and color, I like them all certainly that of the forest in fog is my favorite.

Evelyn S. said...

Oh, I LOVE how you've narrated your brief trip with the message of hope!

Kim Cunningham said...

I love how you see the city as it is intended to be.

Great glimpse into life.

I can so relate with your morning struggle.

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

Oh, I just love this. I feel the same about mornings. :)

Anita said...

What would we do without hope; and faith.

Nice photos to reflect your caring thoughts as you get your day going.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

My son is such a dawdler in the morning. I pick out his clothes and lay them out for him just to make things go faster. Strangely enough this past week or so he's been getting ready so much faster. It's so nice!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

My son is such a dawdler in the morning. I pick out his clothes and lay them out for him just to make things go faster. Strangely enough this past week or so he's been getting ready so much faster. It's so nice!

Amy Cappelli said...

This post reminds me of my city, Buffalo, NY. There is so much that is wrong here- I know it exists. But, I have lived here my entire life. And I can only see what is good. I, too, see hope here every day. Thank you for another beautiful post.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Such a beautiful city with so much to offer....and a little bit of scary too! You have a good heart to see mostly beauty!

April said...

Your pictures truly tell a story, Becky. We must never lose HOPE!

Tamar SB said...

This was so beautiful!! The Killadelphia makes me so sad. Growing up in Lower Merion and Center City/Old City, I never saw it that way. it makes me feel like they mean there is no hope or goodness or fun anywhere in the amazing city. Our founding fathers would be sad. Your message of hope is great!

Farmgirl Paints said...

oh girl that's sad. wonder what's going on...if it's gang violence or what? your shots of the city painted a picture. thanks for sharing your world with us.

Danelle said...

I always love the stories you tell to go along with your pictures.

Gigi said...

Hope. It's the only thing that keeps us going. I'm glad you can see it and capture it.

MG Atwood said...

What a lovely post. Killadelphia...bah! I see people and lovely yellow forsythia! Nicely done.

Amarie said...

How very inspiring! It's sad, but this is the world we live in, and as long as we can see the "hope", we can survive.

Andrea said...

I love coming here and reading your words. :) Glad I'm not the only one who turns into Monster Mommy after about ten minutes in the morning. ;) I see a lot of hope in these photos.

Nirupama said...

I lived in philadelphia for many years. The crime was hard to deal with. It is such a wonderful city in so many ways, it just broke my heart to see what all the corruption and mismanagement was doing to it's people.

Claudia Almandoz Gerbolini said...

I loved this post.... I live in a small town, outside a small city in Mexico. This has been my home for the past 20 years. I love my home. But getting used to being afraid is not normal. Watching your back constantly and having nightmares is not ok. But we stay. Why? I guess it comes back to the same thing: HOPE.
xo
clau
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Busy Bee Suz said...

I am so thankful that you can see the hope there. I know that you are giving hope to those who need it the most.
xo

Jennifer said...

Really beautiful. We have a town locally that has just gone down, down, down from when I was a kid. One of our campuses is located there and every time I drive through and see all of the empty buildings I'm just filled with sadness for what used to be.

KM said...

Lovely photos, and the story this collection told is very inspiring :)

Rose's Daughter said...

Great photos! I may have to join you all next week!

Rebecca said...

I love the way you see life! Thanks for sharing.