Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag


I stumbled upon the Frioul islands on my first visit to Europe in 2011. I was traveling with my sister, and we had boarded the ferry from Marseille to Frioul with heavy hearts: we’d learned earlier in the day that our grandfather had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital back home and was not expected to make it. The bare but beautiful atmosphere of the Frioul island of Ratonneau — where I took this photo of colorful seaside houses, their zigzag walls a sharp contrast to the curves of plant, stone and water — suited our melancholy and gave us solace at the same time. It was a beautiful place for a walk, a dip, a picnic; for thinking deep thoughts and thinking about nothing in particular.

Though I did not know it then, 2011 was also the beginning of a tumultuous time in my life. Far from the nice, straight line I had envisioned it would be, it’s become…a zigzag? A spiral? A random scribble in a heartless notebook? With the end not in sight. Yet. But I know — I know — that whatever the trajectory of my life has become, it’s going to go somewhere and it will mean something. I will make it mean something. Meanwhile, I refuse to let the melancholy blind me to the beauty all around me, to the kindness and friendship and love that is still there, whatever else may have gone.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag” was created by LSS for travel site Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.

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