"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.."- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

She Still Smiles

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Venezuela. Caracas. No electricity. Poverty. Highest murder rates in the world. Tough life.

She is so young. She is raised to be strong. She knows reality.

Yet she still enjoys life and smiles.

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33 words

memyselfandela, 2013

This is my my entry for : Trifecta Writing Challenge

Photo credit: Bruno. C. / Foter.com / CC BY

42 responses

  1. Better than mine 🙂

    January 20, 2013 at 11:37

    • No, no, not better, just different.
      It was a real pleasure to join the challenge, I discovered it thanks to you. I will continue writing for the challenges. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:27

      • I think I’m going to use the weekly one to carry on my story “an offer”. I like seeing what other people have done as it shows how good some people are with their imaginations.

        January 21, 2013 at 22:35

      • but we are all good Alastair… 🙂
        we only need to keep writing. I don’t see this challenges as being something done for a prise… It’s the fact that e all share something and that we all read and evolve that is more valuable… 🙂
        Thank you my friend.

        January 21, 2013 at 22:37

      • So true. Until it mentioned that someone won, I wasn’t even aware it was a competition. I thought it was just something like the daily prompt.

        January 21, 2013 at 22:46

      • 🙂 well, I don’t take it as competition, I take it as lesson.

        January 21, 2013 at 22:47

      • I take it as a way to get my mind working … sort of … as much as it can .. you know what I mean lol

        January 21, 2013 at 22:48

      • yes, that’s right. I know what you mean 🙂

        January 21, 2013 at 22:49

  2. A really human is one who know who to smile in the most tough time & how to see light in the darkest sight….lots of love to her from my side ❤

    January 20, 2013 at 12:00

    • Lots of love and light to all in pain and need…
      Thank you so much dear Supriya, you always honour me with your kindness and wisdom. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:26

  3. Ewa

    Sad reality, beautiful photography.

    January 20, 2013 at 12:15

    • Thank you dear Ewa. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:25

  4. Resiliency is often the best option.

    January 20, 2013 at 12:40

    • Yes, indeed…
      Thank you so much for the comment and for reading, my friend. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:25

  5. most kids that have a bmx bicycle are happy

    January 20, 2013 at 13:44

    • 🙂 yes.
      Thank you for the comment my friend. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:24

  6. Human resilience is amazing. Well done!

    January 20, 2013 at 15:23

    • Yes, indeed…
      Thank you very much for the kind words, Joe. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:24

  7. Draug419

    This is an encouraging piece despite the dark tone (:

    January 20, 2013 at 16:57

    • 🙂 Thank you so much Draug, you honour me.
      CONGRATULATIONS, your story is the best. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:23

  8. Hardship often breeds wisdom and strength, doesn’t it?

    January 20, 2013 at 17:02

    • Yes, indeed.
      Thank you so much dear Patti. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:22

  9. welcome to the challenge. This is nicely done.

    January 20, 2013 at 17:09

    • Thank you very very much for the kind words, Barbara, it was an honour, I will continue writing for challenges 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:22

  10. Hope and her smile will pull her through.

    January 20, 2013 at 19:01

    • Amen.
      Thank you so much for reading Dean. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:21

  11. Reality bytes:-)Love the way you highlighted her fighting spirit-well written.

    January 20, 2013 at 19:21

    • Thank you very very much for the kind words, my friend. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:20

      • :-)Enjoyed it

        January 24, 2013 at 11:57

  12. Those who endure the most as kids are usually the strongest as adults.

    January 20, 2013 at 21:56

    • Yes, it’s the cruel truth.
      Thank you so much for reading Rachael 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:20

  13. steph

    Well said. When you have little choice and little opportunity what can you do?

    January 20, 2013 at 22:57

    • Thank you very much for the kind words, Steph. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:19

  14. Everyone has a homeland; a place of their birth. For some, it is the French Riviera, for others, the murder capital of the world. Making your way in whatever world you find yourself in always takes courage, imagination and determination. Good luck to the girl born in the land of blue. Thank you for sharing your good work.

    January 21, 2013 at 00:14

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Tom. You honour me.:)

      January 21, 2013 at 22:19

  15. I lived in Caracas for two years. This definitely describes parts of the city. Nice job!

    January 21, 2013 at 02:36

    • Thank you very much. You honour me. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 07:06

  16. I like this – smiling even though she knows reality.

    January 21, 2013 at 02:57

    • Thank you very much for the kind words. 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 22:18

  17. petit4chocolatier

    Well done.

    January 21, 2013 at 22:20

    • Thank you dear Judy, you always honour me. ❤

      January 21, 2013 at 22:29

  18. She is so beautiful~

    February 14, 2013 at 04:28

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