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do you remember over-beautified? this image fits in the same category: surroundings - not necessarily beautiful ones, nicely colored and prettily wrapped up in heartbreaking stories ... no! just life - as is, not good, nor bad, just life.

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... weekends are less crowded and fewer cars disturb the city center's peace, therefor at eleven a.m. on a stylish bench near a famous statue ... he was still sleeping.

yes, he was homeless and didn't wear armani, nor slept on a water mattress and more then likely never had caviar with champaign but even so ... this is not a sad story ...

he even had a visitor, a smiling younger boy who came and woke him up, they had a short and friendly chat but our hero here went back to sleep right afterwards - it must have been a long night the one before ... or a long football game - played with that deflated ball, treasure carefully placed close to the bench in front of him - just as far as his arm could reach and protect it every second.

actually i 'clicked' because of the ball, because all the stories it holds, the games, the freedom and the joy it brought to these boys ... can you hear their joy, their laughs, their steps while running around chasing a ball (while knowing they are home-less, food-less, job-less but still happy and free?

could you be that happy and that free???

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* please check WS for a slightly different angle of the young man sleeping

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