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It’s strange to think that you’re not here anymore.

I remember when we were younger and we’d arrive to see you. The first place we’d go was to the window, pressing our faces against the glass to try and catch a glimpse of you. We’d look out, and you’d be there. Like you always were. In the garden.

Each trip was different, an adventure. There were rows of neatly sown lettuce seeds, bean stalks twice as tall as we were, ripe strawberries just waiting to be found by our greedy little fingers.  Tomatoes would be taken and made into sauce, lemons would be squeezed to create limoncello, grapes transformed into a sticky grape jelly which tasted of summer and childhood dreams.

I kneel down and gently touch the small weeds which are beginning to sprout. I can feel the soft, moist soil. I remember your weathered hands sifting through it, removing the weeds that now grow from the ground. It’s hard to believe that I’m now alone, in the place where you stood so many times. It’s the same soil, yet everything has changed.

Maybe that’s why you loved it so much. It linked you to your homeland, a time and place which has long been forgotten. A place of Mediterranean sun, white washed buildings and olive groves. That soil linked you to every living thing on this planet. It could cross oceans and transgress cultures, bringing you back to a time when you were with your closest friends and family. It took you back home, to Italy.

Yet the earth enabled you to create a new home here, in a foreign place where the language was different. One thing remained the same, something which did not need words to communicate life, hardship and love. The earth is a common ground, something on which while we’re standing, holds us together in a global community. Regardless of religion, race, or culture, the soil beneath our feet holds us as one and nurtures life. A life you’re not here to experience anymore.

Tanned brown faces in rice fields. Dusty streets and soccer balls. Produce ready to be sent to the markets. Small hands reaching to pick bright flowers. An old man, shuffling through his garden regardless of the weather. And you, now resting in the earth where you belong.

And even though you’re gone, I suddenly don’t feel so alone.
Wrote this last year in September, in loving memory of my grandfather. Stumbled across it and decided to upload it, because I never seem to submit anything emotional that I write anymore.
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Nonno's Garden by ~buttons-and-bicycles ( Suggested by taylorem and Featured by thorns )
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Karinta Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
The atmosphere is amazing.
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks so much!
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Karinta Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student General Artist
You are welcome. :hug:
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD!! :)
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks :D
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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msgirlfox Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
This has deeply affected me, it reminds me that the world is a simpler place than we all make it out to be, and amid all the different religions, different sexes, and different cultures we are all still living on one Earth that sustains us.

Beautiful
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Writer
Thankyou!
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sensational Work of Art :love:

Congratulations on your DD Feature :)
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Writer
Thankyou!
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Lyrelin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really beautiful thanks for sharing (:
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks for taking the time to comment!
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LadyOfSilver Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is very beautiful and wonderfully written.
It reminds me of my grandpa, whom I miss very much....
Great job!
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Writer
Thankyou <3
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enerai Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really beautifull :heart:
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Writer
:D
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zZappZz Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this piece, makes me happy that I still have my Nonno and his beautiful garden
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Writer
You're very lucky! Thankyou :)
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zZappZz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I need to tell myself that more, too. You are most welcome~
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babymama312 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Lovely, descriptive.. It takes me there.. Your Nonno sounds fantastic
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks, he was :3
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rosebfischer Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice imagery and very relatable. Congratulations.
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Writer
:D
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :happybounce:
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Lithael-Sirux Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
what is Nonno? is it a name or a proper word?
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Writer
It's the italian word for grandfather :)
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Lithael-Sirux Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
ah. I'd love to learn italian but i can't even pass filipino
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DreamyNightSky Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this, it reminds me of my nonna :heart:
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Writer
Thankyou <3
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LightMyPassage Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose many people can relate to the feelings you describe in this piece. The feelings of Nonno about his home land, but also about the "I". It's hard losing someone, and no matter that you know they're in a better place, you can still miss 'em. But memories like that of the "I" will remain, always.
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Writer
Feelings are a part of life I guess, both the good and the bad! Thanks :D
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LightMyPassage Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great imagery. This is a very nostalgic piece (in terms of its effect on the reader, and that's a good thing). :hug:
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks, your feedback is really appreciated!
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taylorem Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm speechless.
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buttons-and-bicycles Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Writer
You're awesome :3
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taylorem Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks bro
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