The Daily Post Photo challenge : Gone, but not forgotten

This house is my maternal grandparents’ place. My youngest uncle and his wife live there now. Every summer vacation, of two months, during childhood was spent there with grandparents, cousins and relatives. Those days are long gone, but not forgotten.

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In front of our home, was this beautiful tree, in full bloom, it used to look like a big, yellow bouquet. One, rainy and windy day the tree was cut into half. It is growing back. That big yellow bouquet is gone, but not forgotten.

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The little sparrow, which was so commonly found, it used to come inside houses to build its nest, but we hardly see them now. They are almost gone but not forgotten.

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By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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  1. Oh what a shame your beautiful yellow tree was damaged by the weather – at least it is good news that is is re-growing and I hope it will soon bloom again πŸ™‚
    It is sad too to hear about the sparrow’s decline. We have seen a similar situation here in the UK with many of our bird species – I know here the reasons for the decline are related to climate change and also modern industrial farming practices that do not support biodiversity. Sadly it seems we did not learn enough from the warnings in Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”! I am wondering, Lakshmi, do you put up nesting boxes and around homes and gardens to try and help and encourage the garden birds in your part of India? πŸ™‚

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    1. yes, Peggy many people do that. Every morning we put out pieces of bread ans many birds come to eat them. They are used to us putting them, if we are a little late, we hear them calling out:))
      Lakshmi

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      1. HA! I am smiling about your birds calling out for their food! In Winter, we put out extra bird food if is has been snowing. If we are late, there are some birds that tap gently on the window with their beaks to remind us they are still waiting! πŸ˜€

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  2. What a beautiful place to spend your summers. I’m so sorry about that beautiful tree being damaged. I do hope it’s able to regrow and begin blooming again. And the dear little sparrows. Maybe one day before it’s too late the world will wake up and realize what they’re losing.

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