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Topic: Sightseeing (08/08/05)
TITLE: A sight to see
By Leslie Lamb
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Then I am reminded of my own trips abroad. I remember that though those places were similar to mine, there was something that set them apart. Something about that little island, something about that dusty street, something about that local joint, forced me to take a second look and yes, a picture was taken. I am not so different from them. I am a sightseer, too. Huddled under an umbrella, wearing clothes not as different as those of the locals I was capturing in my pictures. I am now sure they must have thought I was being silly, too. Funny, I never saw myself like that then. I wonder what they might have been asking themselves about me.
As I am about to step off the curb and head off on my way, my eyes bring something else to focus. I look past the little men in their crowd of red and see what they see. It is a cross. A simple cross stationed at the side of the road made, I guess, of Styrofoam, with streaming ribbons of blue and white with the words “We love you” in purple glitter. The men are mesmerized, taking a picture, wondering what this little cross can mean. I hear them talking to one another, more than likely speculating about where it came from, and before I know it, tears come to my eyes. How many times have I passed this place? How many times have I walked right by this precious sight? How many times have I taken for granted the love and tragedy that resides in that one scene? Humbled I walk to the sacred spot, taking the one thing that I have, a flower snatched from the earth, and lay it at the foot of the cross. I pray to God as I bow my head; this is sightseeing. While I kneel there, I hear the clicks echo around me, and I know they are taking my picture.
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