The Boy

dumaguete city boulevard

“The Boy”, Dumaguete City. May 31, 2016. Photography by Teegee Villanueva.

“The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.”–Benjamin Alire Saenz

I chanced upon this kid yesterday while taking pictures along the boulevard. He was alone, playing by himself, making sandcastles by himself, for himself. He was happy where he was, and he wasn’t like the other kids…he wanted to be alone, and this became obvious to me, when he shooed a group of kids away. And he reminded me of myself, not my youth, but my present predicament.

He reminded me of my loneliness.

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