Weekly Photo Challenge – Solitude

Solitude.  Even when you’re not alone you can feel a sense of solitude, as I’m beginning to discover as I get older.  I always find this picture of my mother, sitting at the Chicago Botanic Garden, rather poignant.  Although she lived with us and was very rarely on her own, I knew that she felt lonely.  Most of her contemporaries had already died and she was far away from a place that she had known as home for almost seventy years.  When she passed away a few years ago, she left me with my own kind of solitude, taking with her shared memories of people, places and events that no one else but me remembers.

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Sometimes, even when you’re standing right next to a crowd of people, you can feel like you’re the only person on earth.

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Arches Nation Park in Utah.

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The Badlands in South Dakota.

For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/solitude/

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9 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Solitude

    • Thanks, Deb! Even now, I can’t help wondering if I could have done more to help her feel less isolated. As much as she loved her family (the reason she & Dad came to live in the US) I think she really missed home.

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    • Thank you, Margaret! Mom loved visiting the Garden with me but she knew I wanted to roam around and take pictures so she would get comfortable in one of her favorite seats and tell me to just wander off and take my time.

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