Sunday, August 29, 2010

A bird in the hand is worth...

Well, I wouldn’t know. No one here uses their hands if they don’t have to. It’s quite amazing.

There are so many times I wish I had had my camera for you.

The head and the back – that’s where it’s at!

I saw a girl walking down the street one day with a bar of soap on her head. I mean, why bother carrying it in your hand when you have extraordinary balancing abilities.

While I was on a motorcycle one day, I drove past a lady carrying a hammer on her head. Just one hammer. This one I did not understand. The tool even comes with a HANDle.

Everyday, I marvel at the women here. They always have a huge tub of HEAVY fruit or vegetables on their head taking them somewhere to sell, and most of the time, a child is also strapped to their back (they aren’t selling the children, just in case you were worried).

Their hands? Not helping them hold the bucket, that’s for sure. They are swinging by their side, completely empty, ready to greet anyone they come in contact with. OR, I have seen a few use their hands to loosen the wrap around their middle to slide the baby from the back to the front and re-tie them there, so the child can nurse while she’s walking to town.

Tell me these ladies don’t impress you. They are the hardest working people I know, and they are amazing.

I know I’ve shown you this picture before, but it’s just a reminder.

This picture I took from far away at student camp last week. A lady was chopping wood…with an ax…with a baby tied to her back. I held my breath every time she threw it over her shoulder.

Did I mention they are hard-working?


lisasmith said...

nursing a baby while walking to town balancing a heavy load on the head totally impresses me. I couldn't even wear a sling successfully!

praying for yall!

Stefanie Kellum said...

Kat, you've gotta get those ladies to teach you how to carry stuff on your head!