by Christine Redderoth-Roderick
Our lives were as rich as we made them.
Real happiness was fleeting.
Disappointments were many.
Life handed us the unexpected at every turn
and yet we found a way to make
the best of our situations.
Children learning the art of give and take.
Shop keepers keeping their customers thriving.
Street vendors happy for a days wage.
We lived and died together.
We ate and drank, laughed and cried together.
Life was wasn't always good,
but it was life,
and it was all we had.