My heart aches a little more today…

Slice of Life Challenge #Day 27

I don’t have a lot to say today, as I’ve left my slice again until too late in the day (resolution tomorrow, write early, not just before bed).

There’s a dog outside right now in the new stillness of the night (no more cars or trucks) and it’s barking in a whiny non-stop pleading sort of way that pretty much expresses my frustrated feeling. It’s also unbelievably grating as it won’t STOP!!

So my slice today is about the intense sadness I felt in my heart this morning, when I saw a procession of people, mostly men, walking along the road past our house and across the bridge with sacks or bags on their back. They are day labourers, who no longer have any work because of the lockdown and have been given a window of time to return to their home villages by the authorities. There is no public transport so they have to walk all the way. Some of their villages may only be a few miles away, but it was sad to see them go.

What is going to happen to them, how will they and their families get through this?

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We’ve heard that millions of workers in the major cities are in similar situations and are also going back to their villages, some of which may be hundreds of miles away, on foot. They came to the cities in search of employment and now it’s all dried up. They may be taking infection with them, but they’re certainly not taking hope or anything positive in this unfolding scenario.

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What does the future hold for these men and women? My heart aches for them…

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14 thoughts on “My heart aches a little more today…

  1. My heart aches, too. What a compelling image you share: a “procession of people, mostly men, walking along the road past our house and across the bridge with sacks or bags on their back.” May this pass quickly; may they stay well; may their families stay well. As for the barking dog, I think perhaps it’s time for a little Billy Collins – look up “Another Reason I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” – maybe it will make you laugh a little & provide a tiny bit of relief for your heavy heart.

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  2. What you say resonates with me. So many in my community as well are finding themselves without a source of income: dog walkers, providers of therapy, restaurant and store workers…there are so many people with hard times ahead.

    Your slice, complete with the visual imagery, brings it to light in a very real way.

    Thank you.

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  3. I share your heavy heart as so many are impacted by this uncertain time. This procession is a visual of what is taking place around the world, but in our community it is the silent fear of closed doors and scarcity.

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  4. If I let myself think about how fragile life as we know it is I get frightened. But you make such a good point with your slice. For some fragility is a way of life, and where does that leave them now? I am ever thankful for this writing community for continually opening my eyes.

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    1. Thank you, yes we are learning so much from each other, it’s great! They say the next ten days here will be key, but that it could explode like wild fire in this nation of over a billion people!

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  5. This breaks my heart: “They may be taking infection with them, but they’re certainly not taking hope or anything positive in this unfolding scenario.” Oh, when I think of my small inconveniences in comparison to people carrying their lives on their backs in the rain trying to find any port in the storm (that’s the case here)…I can only imagine how agonizing this parting shot of today will color your dreams.Thank you for widening our world view.

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    1. So true. The predictions for this country are awesomely bad and it’s going to be awful if they are correct, with one in two being infected in a population of over a billion. The next ten days will begin to reveal the real picture.

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