Haiku My Heart - Moving On

tiny nest on frond
clings abandoned this season -

backyard cardinal nest slowly unraveling
cardinal family has moved on to a new home

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A Dream Deferred:

No Papers
10x12 pastel
Story and Photo source:  Tampa Bay Times

I asked my dad, "Will you help me go to college?"
 He said, "I cant help you.  You don't have papers."   .....Maria Zuniga

But that was then, and this is now.

When I saw the photo and the story of the migrant worker girl who so wanted to be a nurse, but instead spends her days picking strawberries, I was very moved and wanted to paint the picture.
So I did.
It was an opportunity to practice my art, 
painting a human interest moment,
Letting my heart experience her emotions through the pastel stick. 
I was feeling ever so grateful for the small things I have,
and feeling so sad for her because she wanted but could not have. 

Then I went back and read the entire story.
I am feeling a bit different...because...

She wanted something so bad..a long time dream...
and one day she had the means to achieve it....
but  she squandered those means for something of pleasure instead..

...What??  A party instead of nursing school tuition?...  

and my feelings changed..
and once again I saw the world for the way it really is.
I'm not condemning..oh no, never.
Just expressing an opinion, and my disappointment.
In her. As a fellow female human.

We all have to put our priorities in the right order
to achieve our dreams.
All of us.
Including me.
And this beautiful girl as well.
Nobody gets a free ride.

If you are interested in the whole story
and maybe even want to express an opinion
(because that's what this blog is really about)
then visit Maria's Story

Or not.
At least I had an opportunity to paint
that human interest moment. 

Wishing you a peaceful day.