This isn’t a “real” post but a quick picture I took today. These are my neighbors and they are playing (like I’d like to imagine) all kids do ….. but I suspect kids today in developed nations don’t do as much of this anymore. Sadly, they’re(kids in developed nations) are in front of the cable TV or XBox or some other video game and getting fatter by the minute.
It’s good to observe and understand the change in times. These children are having fun and using their imagination. Go out and try to take a picture of this in your neighborhood. Yeah … I thought so!
It’s the beginning of winter in the southern hemisphere and the price of flowers is soooo low that the people can’t afford to pick them. (another problem with an economy filled with uneducated people). However it makes a perfect playground and hunting ground for the elusive butterflies for impoverished children in this region.
Has it been a while since you’ve seen brothers and sisters actually playing together instead of being force fed by a television or video game (your electronic babysitter)? Maybe poverty has some advantages after all. These kids are happily using their imaginations and just being children. What did your kids do today? Ask them to go catch butterflies and go with them. It will do all a world of good. Spend some time with them and share your childhood.
Mac Wooten is President of Teach a Teacher nonprofit and occasionally tries to catch butterflies and watches/notices times gone past. A native of Greenville S.C. We live and focus most of our work in the Ancash region of Peru.