|People Along the Way
We meet and share with so many people along our journey of life that we cannot
count or name them all. If your memory for names and faces is like mine, you
would not even try. However, there are individuals in our past and present lives
that – for good or for bad – refuse to fade with time.
Some people – like our parents, siblings, spouse, and children – accompany us
over many years. Others may take different byways, but we meet again at a
crossroad years later. A few journey with us for a short time, and then disappear
from view forever. Many more cross our paths for a moment, bringing us their
light to guide us to the next turn along a dark and bleak street. These
messengers, as I like to think of them, can pass us by unnoticed when we are
afraid or reluctant to stop and ask the way.
The face of a twelve-year-old boy who sat next to me in a bus during my
journey in Fortaleza, Northeast Brazil, remains with me to this day. From his dirty,
ragged clothing, and bare feet, I knew he was a street-child – criança da rua or
mirim, as they are called in Brazil. After being robbed on two earlier occasions by
bands of street-children in downtown Fortaleza, I was alert and uncomfortable
with such close proximity to this child. I clutched my handbag under my arm.
Through the corners of my eyes, I followed his movements as he opened a
cylindrical packet of sweet biscuits. Someone must have given him the biscuits, I
thought. Or perhaps, he had stolen it.
With a smile on his dust-streaked face, he looked up at me. Raising the packet of
biscuits towards me, he said: “Quer um?” (You want one?)
My prejudice had blinded me. Who was I to pass judgment on this child struggling
to overcome adversity on the streets of Fortaleza?
On the following page, I share with you links to the sites and/or blogs of the
poets and writers – some already published authors – who have accompanied me
on my journey to becoming a published novelist.
Although a long, arduous and, oftentimes, lonely journey, it is filled with moments
of great joy when the words flow across the page and the characters and places
I create come to life.
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