One can’t leave home, return, and expect nothing to have changed.
The biggest challenge when going back to Romania is seeing how fast the place changes from visit to visit. In the picture above, my niece and I return from a picnic in a park that was once a swampland, abandoned by the corrupt elite who used the funds for personal enrichment. Everything changes so quickly, including my niece, whom I last saw when she was in grammar school.
How This Pertains to the Story
In Stranger or Friend, Zoe Sinclair returns to a town where mentalities have completely shifted. Or have they? She was part of this community for years before moving to Los Angeles. It’s easy for her to look around with a judgmental eye, but who is she to judge them? She’d been way too comfortable once in her west-side youth group. What if she hadn’t moved to California? How would she have reacted to all the changes here?
So, was it the place that changed, was it her, or both? I don’t have a clear answer, but this is a predominant element of the story. As it should be, since I always ask myself this when I go back to Romania. Who or what really changed? And how can the change be so drastic that it gives me vertigo? Answers never come easy.
~ Have a great weekend friends and a joyful holiday. We get our very first break from blogging, yay! See you again on Monday.