Musings around Christmas time:
First time in my life that I am using a quote from the Bible, but on this occasion when Jesus's birth is celebrated by the pious and consumerism and hedonism by the rest, I remembered how Jesus cared for the children.
It beggars belief how many millions of dollars are being spent in wealthy countries during this festive season while children around the world are dying from preventable diseases, civil wars and hunger. There are children who will never get the opportunity to sit at a desk in a school and learn to read and write.
Some people will feel a little nostalgic on seeing these homemade trucks and possibly remember their childhood when they too made such toys. But for them and their children and grandchildren the world has changed as the generations move up the social ladder. What future for these little boys?
A little boy was born into a carpenter's family and grew into someone with limitless empathy and deep sense of responsibility for the human race. How many Christians are truly his followers?
Jesus, however, said, "Let the little children come to me, and stop keeping them away, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to people like these."
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ourania (26620) 2013-12-23 4:00
the little boys are lovely, their direct glances and their relaxed and friendly attitude establish a strong contact with the viewer. The two little boys on the left look melancholic, though, and your note makes the impact of this portrait deeper. Their expressions, toys and surroundings give us information about their life. The condition and the care of the children in many parts of the world is always a matter of huge and urgent concern, which is frequently masked by politics. Many children in Greece are now in a dismal situation, not dreamed of five years ago. We should always keep children in our priorities and not take things for granted, nowhere and never. Thank you for a lovely picture and a concerned note.
All the best, have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones!
Sergiom (54757) 2013-12-23 5:35
On voit bien que les enfants n'ont pas besoin de tous ces cadeaux qui sont autour de l'arbre. Ici, on constate que les jouets sont faits main, donc ils doivent les apprécier encore plus. Ils sont beaux ces enfants.
SnapRJW (29306) 2013-12-23 7:47
Hello Klaudio - I like your sentiments here and although the little boys will not be celebrating Christmas in the Western way with all the expensive trappings, they look content, bright-eyed and well cared for. I do agree with you though, there is so much imbalance in the world we live in, I was thinking today, if everyone went without Christmas this year and sent the money to the poor children who are homeless Syrian refugees, what a dramatic difference it would make to their lives.
Thank you for you special Christmas message, may yours be blessed. Rosemary
holmertz (37209) 2013-12-23 11:40
Although these particular children look comparatively well off, I get your point. On my journeys through Asia and Africa I have witnessed a terrible amount of human suffering, and now it is coming back to Europe too. We are rapidly going back to the 1930's with poverty, homelessness, unemployment and Nazi swines roaming the streets. Personally I am fed up with these conditions, although I am still privileged enough to iive a comfortable life, and I am totally fed up with Christmas.
In spite of it all this is a nice photo from the Cambodian countryside, showing three fine kids and the ingenuity of their simple toys, which they may very possibly have made themselves.
Kind regards, and a Merry Christmas after all :-),
dekanski (2430) 2013-12-23 14:04
njihovi kamioni su tako lepi!!!!
emka (73437) 2013-12-23 23:34
Hi Klaudio, Nice shot of these children from Cambodia, so poor and still smiling and curious of the world. I saw so many such children in Burma and Laos, and Guatemala. Good note, I agree with your thoughts. But how it can be changed??
I wish you and your loved ones very Merry Christmas, full of peace, love and joy.
Buin (42260) 2013-12-24 0:19
A wonderful and really touching dedication to Christmas and what happened 2000 years ago.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and wonderful holidays in the circle of your family! All the best also for the coming year, especially health and contentment!
Greetings from springlike and stormy Germany!
jhm (135336) 2013-12-24 3:05
I am 100% agree with your text, my parents were poor, I know perfect what poor is, now are the children rich and not happy, I am old, I see a lot children with mountains modern toys and not happy!
Technical very well composition, we get a lot details on these picture
My best wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Very well done, TFS.
rigoletto (34197) 2013-12-25 15:00
hi klaudio. i appreciate your note, feel it too, but blame myself for being a hypocrite who enjoys many things related to wealth, travelling included. like emka, i don't believe that the unequalities in this world can be changed, you can take care of some poor kids, maybe ten of them, but who will take care of the remaninig millions suffocating in poverty? like in the past, time will take care of everything and balance will settle. otherwise, i am not that hopeful about the future of humanity and no religion will help people to survive.
nikkitta (13330) 2013-12-27 12:36
Touching, moving and realistic note about what happens nowadays in Xmas, I believe these children may get some educatioan and learn to improve their life
They are clever and imaginative, having built these kinds of carts to play with
Let hope the better for them
Having been in Cambodia , appreciated the capture, children ( always so kind) and tropical nature
adores (34526) 2013-12-30 14:10
A very good Christmas photo and a good note also! These trucks are probably made by themselves. In Senegal I've seen cars made of empty water bottles with wheels. Something that really makes us think.
A good portrait, they seem to be enjoying the moment in front of your camera!
Have a great New Year!
npecanhuk (61072) 2014-01-12 4:58
Lovely triple portrait!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format and simple composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your Sunday,
kasianowak (4996) 2014-01-21 2:35
Powerful message. I wish more people had thoughts like that.
COSTANTINO (51453) 2014-01-21 22:48
the title of your shot says too much
suffer the little children
what could I say for this situation
because looking at this carefully
the two boys in the left look
so melancholic the expression
of their faces impressed me
your notes are useful for
everybody who lives in a different
thanks for sharing your thoughts
kato (11630) 2014-02-21 22:09
Hi dear Klaudio,
You're capturing well these cute kids by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the pure faces of three children and the surrounding nature environment. It looks like the environment still blessed when their clothes was seen. To be sure, it is unfair that children are unequal at the start time of the life of the area and home situation which were born. If God exists, there must be solution. However, nothing changes actually. Although religion and God tell an ideal, they seem not to have the ability to correspond concretely in reality community. It has suggested that it must creep up by itself, no matter life may be in what environment.