This photo was taken by Edwin Rosskam in 1938.
It is in a poor neighborhood of Ponce.
The loneliness and desolation recall another image by Andrew Wyeth. You have probably seen it….
Christina’s World was painted ten years after the Rosskam photo, in 1948.
In our readings and discussion of history, and even our world literature, we frequently overlook the deeper resonances in women’s souls. They are connected to life and death in ways that many “heroes” could not even imagine.
Often those heroes look quite childish in comparison to the everyday sacrifice, and unfathomable suffering, that many women have endured…