Weighty Lessons

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Sometimes
history can weigh us down.
Remorse, regret, convenient revisions…
and at times
rage and resentment
over transgressions against
our ancestors.

 

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Sometimes
history can lift us up.
Inspire, validate, educate…
and at times
impress upon us
the value in celebrating and learning
from our past.

 

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Dates, names, places, events…
all factual information.
Yet history will always be
defined
by the lens through which
each one of us
perceives.

 

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These photos were taken at the Garden of Surging Waves, a city park in Astoria, Oregon, which was built to honor and celebrate the Chinese heritage of that area. The Story Screen in these photos is an iron structure that includes the entry gate, and these large panels that tell about the hardships, struggles and contributions of some of the Chinese immigrants in Astoria as well as their descendants who remained in the area and who continue to be vital components in the fabric of the community.

 

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Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge:  Weight(less)

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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6 Responses to Weighty Lessons

  1. What an interesting monument. Thank you so much for sharing it… something I would have never know about otherwise.

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  2. Wanda says:

    Just saw this. Really interesting. I’ll have to find it the next time I go to Astoria.

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  3. amanpan says:

    What a nice tribute to people. Exceptional post.

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