Wednesday is for:
1. WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday)
2. Weekly Reads – what I’m reading
4. Write or Die (hosted by Shelly) because it wouldn’t really be a blog post without me sharing a little of my thoughts.
The padlocks are a symbol for being closed, being guarded, being secretive. And seeing these locks, displayed together, but each one locked onto a fence, another symbol for separation and barriers, makes me think about how often our circumstances demand that we stand or sit next to each other, without really being together.
How we sit in cubicles or offices without sharing who we are with the person separated from us being nothing more than piece of covered wood and a few feet.
How we are forced to stand in close quarters on a crowded bus or train and we dare not make eye contact or even inspect any part of the neighbor’s face until the journey is over and finally, distance, and freedom.
How we share a home with someone we don’t really know and someone we would never give the combination to open the padlock that guards our secrets.
And although each padlock has its own link on the fence, its the same fence. And if we would only recognize that we are more similar than different, that even though your link is far from my link, that they are both links; that even though my padlock is smaller than yours, that they are both padlocks, and that none of us have the keys, might we be different?
How different if we saw ourselves as others see us?
What’s on your mind today?
Shared with: Bookishly Boisterous, Centerpiece Wednesday, Wow Us Wednesday, Before and After Wednesday, Bloom Designs, Empty Your Archive, Creative Muster, Project Parade, Inspired2, Whimsy Wednesday, Write or Die Wednesday, WIAW, Wordless Wednesday