Favorite People in 2013 → Kerry Washington
Michelle Made Obama change seats she don’t play that shit lmao
Anonymous asked: Wow when I sent that word I didnt know all that. The only definition I had was something like "the feeling of wanting, yearning for something/someone knowing its impossible" is this close? Your definition was beautiful.
That is accurate, just missing some more elements. To be honest, Saudade is a complex notion even for us, a feeling difficult to convey. But thank you very much for what you said, I appreciate it immensely! It’s very kind of you :)
Anonymous asked: link to your flickr profile?
As requested :)
Anonymous asked: Saudade
One of the most beautiful, yet saddest words in the Portuguese language; a quintessential concept to our identity as a people.
Impossible to translate into English with just one word, saudade is what one feels when missing someone or something which we love (or loved). Saudade is attachment to a specific past and the melancholy of knowing that it is (usually) impossible to go back to it, no matter how bad you wish to…it’s memory and feeling, happiness and sadness, denial and acceptance, the past and the present, the uncertainty and dread of an incomplete, sad future.
I understand you must know all this esteemed anon, but I thought it was nice to share with everyone who takes the time to read this :)
"I saw this elderly gentleman dining by himself, with an old picture of a lady in front of him. I though maybe I could brighten his day by talking to him.
As I had assumed, she was his wife. But I didn’t expect such an interesting story. They met when they were both 17. They dated briefly, then lost contact when he went to war and her family moved. But he said he thought about her the entire war. After his return, he decided to look for her. He searched for her for 10 years and never dated anyone. People told him he was crazy, to which he replied “I am. Crazy in love”. On a trip to California, he went to a barber shop. He told the barber how he had been searching for a girl for ten years. The barber went to his phone and called his daughter in. It was her! She had also been searching for him and never dated either.
He proposed immediately and they were married for 55 years before her death 5 years ago. He still celebrates her birthday and their anniversary. He takes her picture with him everywhere and kisses her goodnight.
Some inspiring things he said;
"I was a very rich man. Not with money, but with love"
"I never had a single argument with my wife, but we had lots of debates"
"People are like candles. At any moment a breeze can blow it out, so enjoy the light while you have it."
"Tell your wife that you love her everyday. And be sure to ask her, have I told you that I love you lately?"
Be sure to talk to the elderly. Especially strangers. You may think that you will brighten their day, but you may be surprised that they can actually brighten yours.”
Anonymous asked: With the risk of sounding ignorant (so sorry) I never would have thought English was not your first language. You are so so articulate! Even more so than many people I know who have English as their first language. Did you first learn English from school?:)
You don’t, no worries :) Thank you so much for the kind compliment, means a lot! Some of my English I picked up at school yes, but I learned far more from TV (when I was a kid) to be honest…thank you 80’s shows reruns! :D
Anonymous asked: If you can take those beautiful photos you can take a simple 'ol selfiee! LOL! Or you could make a video too! Whatever is easiest! =)
Awww, thank you again for the sweet compliments, I’m glad you enjoyed those! :) And I’ll work on overcoming my natural camera shyness, promise :D
Anonymous asked: Hi how are you? Where are you from? How is your day? Do you love/like someone? What's your favorite book? Movie? Song? What's your guilty pleasure?
Hi! :) Quite a few questions, lol. I’m well and day was nice, thank you; hope yours was good as well!
I’m Portuguese and living in Portugal at the moment.
I love a few people, family, friends…romantic love I don’t like getting into (talking about it), feels like it jinxes it. Silly superstition, but…
My favorite book is Called “The City and the Mountains” (“A cidade e as Serras” - original title) by the great Eça de Queiroz. It tells the story of a very wealthy man who has everything but still feels miserable.
Favorite movies…I wouldn’t know where to start really, so many. Tell me a few of yours and we’ll compare notes :)
Favorite song: “This Modern Love” Bloc Party
Guilty Pleasure…I thought about that one a bit and there’s really nothing I like/do which I can classify as such; I’m proud of my lame/geeky pleasures
Thank you for the questions! :D