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  • There's an old saying:

  • The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”

  • Anemoia.

  • Looking at old photos, it's hard not to feel a kind of wanderlust

  • —a pang of nostalgia, for times you've never experienced.

  • To sit on the side of the road and watch the locals passing by.

  • Who lived and died before any of us arrived here,

  • who sleep in some of the same houses we do,

  • who look up at the same moon,

  • who breathe the same air,

  • feel the same blood in their veins

  • and live in a completely different world.

  • It's a world still covered in dust from the frontier.

  • A world of adults, whose lives are hammered out by hand.

  • A world of front porches,

  • of fires to light in the evening,

  • of conversations over a fence.

  • You'd watch as they carry on with their lives,

  • that seem so important.

  • Even if their story has already been told,

  • even if none of it risks turning out any other way but the way it happened.

  • But they carry on anyway.

  • The past is a foreign country, and were only tourists.

  • We can't expect to understand the locals,

  • or why they do what they do.

  • We can only ask them to hold still,

  • so we can capture a photo to take home with us.

  • So we can sit for a few minutes in a world of black and white,

  • with clean borders that protect us from the rush of time,

  • like a tide pool just out of the reach of the waves,

  • that lets you linger in the moment

  • so clear and still

  • you can see your own reflection.

There's an old saying:

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