I was walking home from a lovely lunch with friends from Trieste and Venice, when I noticed this tree in Campo San Geremia.
It warranted a closer look.
And, here are a couple of their very heartfelt, simple wishes.
There were many similar ones, expressing the desire for a settled family life, the ability to communicate with loved ones they left behind and so on. We who are so fortunate should walk a day in their shoes. Maybe then we wouldn’t be so harsh and judgmental about people who wash up on our shores.
I continued on my way home with my full belly and warm clothing. Near the Billa supermarket in Cannaregio, I saw something inside the entry to a bank building. I thought “Surely that isn’t a person huddled under that cover in there?” But, I was wrong, it was another struggling survivor.
I don’t know quite how to wind up this post. Maybe I just want all of us to be a little more aware, a little more tolerant of others. I’m going to try, anyhow.