This week’s photos have included a difficult choice (favorite book), an easy one (something I wish I could change), and yesterday’s subject was a picture from my day. It was a beautiful day here in Austin, Texas!
Day 23: “A picture of your favorite book.”
Another very difficult choice. If I had to pick only ONE book that, over time, always made my top list, it’s To Kill a Mockingbird (notice how well-worn it is). However, being a huge book lover I couldn’t keep my runners up out of the photo:
A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Day 24: “A picture of something you wish you could change.”
Places in the world where a generation is wiped out by AIDS. Places like this one, a slum in the middle of India called Vambay Colony, that I visited with an NGO in 2007. What was striking was what was missing: all the middle-aged people. It was a village of the elderly raising their grandchildren, after AIDS had destroyed their lives. Some of the grandchildren, like Krishna shown here, are also HIV-positive. His grandmother beside him, Ramulamma, has since died. Who will take care of these children?
To the right is a photo of me interviewing another grandmother, Durgamma, also raising an HIV-positive grandson while his elder brother worked at 12 years old, to support the family. I wish that I could change these sorts of things from ever existing. My heart was broken that day. You can read more in the story I wrote for CNN, and of course it’s in my book, The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India.
Day 25: “A photo of your day.”
Beautiful day to have a drink at the lake! Finally cooler temperatures, had the windows open all day, ending with a lovely drink and the Meet, Plan, Go! Austin travel event with some of my favorite people. A day that involves beautiful sunshine with a cool breeze, a drink lakeside, wonderful friends and travel, is pretty much close to a perfect day to me!
Until next time,