for many years i have felt a close connection with people who walk. i have always associated it with injustice and race, how it's always the poor people who don't have the cars to travel by, and most of the poor people in the world are people of color whose lives have been touched invariably by racism. i have doubted that any of them, or perhaps a few, would choose to walk such long distances. i have felt great empathy for their feet which bear most of the burden & which are most often wearing (and outwearing) shoes that are not comfortable enough -- as we know that the most comfortably made shoes with the best of materials are the most expensive (and i haven't had any of those but i sure have looked at them in the store, weighing the cost with the long-term benefit of being able to keep them for a long time because they are made so well). all of this and more has made me the kind of person who has high regard for those who walk everywhere, everyday. it feels like my eyes and heart are very attuned to those who are walking, and i find every opportunity to convey with sincerity my genuine sense of friendliness with respect & joy.
|To get water, people walk to a standpipe, filling up containers and walk home|